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Clinicians urge people to start New Year by getting Covid jab with thousands of slots available
30 December 2021
Clinicians across Suffolk and north east Essex are urging those people who are still eligible to receive their coronavirus jabs to start 2022 by getting the vaccine.
 
System delivers 2 millionth COVID-19 vaccination
23 December 2021
An Ipswich student has received Suffolk and north east Essex’s two millionth COVID-19 vaccine today.
 
Chief nurse says there is plenty of booster vaccination provision
22 December 2021

The Chief Nurse for Suffolk and north east Essex said she is becoming concerned that not enough people are coming forward for their COVID booster vaccination before Christmas.

 
It’s not too late for vaccination – you really are very welcome
21 December 2021
Sunday December 19 was a bumper day for COVID-19 vaccinations - with the largest-ever one day total of 19,836 – and those who are still to get protected are being reassured that it’s not too late to take up the offer of vaccination.
 
Health care advice for the festive season
17 December 2021
With Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day all falling on a weekend this festive season, people are reminded that GP practices will be closed on 25 – 28 December and 1 – 3 January.
 
Pharmacy opening times for Christmas and New Year 2021/22
16 December 2021

Looking for a pharmacy that will be open over Christmas and New Year? Get the opening hours of pharmacies over the bank holidays (25, 27 and 28 December 2021 and 3 January 2022).

 
December meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee
15 December 2021
The next meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for east Suffolk will take place virtually on Tuesday December 21 at 2.00 p.m.
 
Thousands more appointments available from today
15 December 2021

Health leaders say that the capacity for booster appointments is being significantly expanded from today across Suffolk and north east Essex allowing people to get jabbed more easily.


 
Christmas Wishes social media campaign launches
01 December 2021
The drive to support people’s health and wellbeing this winter is being given a boost with the launch of a series of new short videos on social media.
 
Appointment of new Chief Executive Designate
30 November 2021
Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) has today announced that Ed Garratt has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer Designate (CEO) for the new NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB).
 
November meeting of the IESCCG Governing Body
16 November 2021
The bi-monthly meeting of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday November 23 from 9.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
 
Important information for entering care homes
10 November 2021
From midnight 11 November 2021 all health professionals as well as volunteers and trades people entering care homes must be able to demonstrate that that they have been double COVID-19 vaccinated or are exempt.  
 
Give Covid and flu the cold shoulder this winter
08 November 2021
Health leaders across Suffolk and north east Essex are urging the public to help the NHS by using the right service and to get fully vaccinated against the dual threat of Covid and flu ahead of what is believed to be an unprecedently tough winter.
 
The pharmacy - a really accessible source of help and advice
01 November 2021
This is Ask Your Pharmacist Week (November 1 – 8) week and people across Suffolk and north east Essex are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacy for advice and help if they or a family member are unwell.
 
Additional health advice on hand at vaccination clinics
26 October 2021
People attending COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being urged to take the opportunity to speak with health professionals who’ll be on hand offering advice and guidance on preventing Type 2 diabetes and highlighting the importance of cervical screening.
 
TikTok...it's the countdown to walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations
22 October 2021

The local NHS has launched a new campaign on TikTok aimed at counteracting the potentially harmful untruths and misinformation circulating on social media about COVID-19 vaccinations.


 
October meeting of Primary Care Commissioning Committee
19 October 2021
The next meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for east Suffolk will take place virtually on Tuesday October 26 at 2.00 p.m.
 
Booster vaccinations - you don't have to wait until you're invited
14 October 2021

Local people no longer have to wait to receive an invitation from the NHS to have their COVID-19 booster vaccination.

 
Frontline volunteers eligible for COVID-19 booster vaccinations
12 October 2021
All frontline, patient-facing volunteers can now get their COVID-19 booster vaccination by booking an appointment or attending one of the many walk-in clinics taking place across the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) area.
 
Can you help support the booster vaccination programme?
05 October 2021
Family members, neighbours and friends are being asked to help transport those eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination, who may need help in getting to a walk-in clinic, pharmacy, GP practice or vaccination centre, so they can receive their jab.
 
Health care leaders write letter of support to GP practice staff
01 October 2021
Local health care leaders have written to all GP practice staff to highlight their continued support for the work they are doing and to express sympathy for the increased incidences of abuse they are experiencing.
 
System holds Ask an Expert event for students
28 September 2021
Students studying in colleges and universities across Suffolk and north east Essex have been invited to join an “Ask an Expert” event tomorrow evening.
 
Making it easier to get a booster vaccination
28 September 2021
People in the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System area who have received an invite for a third (booster) dose of COVID-19 vaccine are now able to go to a local walk-in clinic to get vaccinated with no need for an appointment.
 
Booster vaccination rollout
24 September 2021
The COVID-19 booster vaccination programme is now well underway across Suffolk and north east Essex, with the aim of topping up people’s protection against the virus ahead of winter.
 
AGM of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG
21 September 2021
The annual general meeting of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday September 28 from 9.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
 
We know that vaccination works – health professionals urge flu vaccination uptake
20 September 2021

Health professionals across north east Essex and Suffolk are highlighting how important it is for people in at-risk groups to have a flu vaccination.


 
Mr Motivator holds virtual exercise and system launches winter campaign
20 September 2021
A celebrity fitness instructor is supporting frontline services across Suffolk and north east Essex by highlighting the importance of self-care and positive mental wellbeing during the winter months.
 
Ask An Expert Event on COVID-19 Vaccination And Maternity
06 September 2021
A virtual ‘Ask An Expert’ event is being held later this month so that people can hear from local health professionals and ask them questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and any concerns they may have relating to the vaccine and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
 
New hub aims to tackle poor health caused by social factors
03 September 2021
Local people are invited to attend a special drop-in event to celebrate the opening of a brand-new social prescribing and wellbeing hub for the Ipswich communities of Whitton and Whitehouse.
 
NHS leader praises Blues players for vaccination support
03 September 2021
NHS leader, Dr Ed Garratt, has praised players at Ipswich Town Football Club for giving their backing to the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
 
Annual Members' Meeting
26 August 2021
The Annual Members' Meeting of GP practice members of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG), to approve the CCG's annual accounts 2020/21, will take place on Thursday 9 September 2021 from 1.00 – 1.30 p.m.
 
Health care advice for August Bank Holiday
20 August 2021
GPs are reminding people in north east Essex and east and west Suffolk that GP practices will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday August 30.
 
August meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee
17 August 2021
The next meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for east Suffolk will take place virtually on Tuesday August 24 at 2.00 p.m.
 
Local people wanted to help scrutinize mental health service provider proposals
12 August 2021

Health commissioners are seeking local people to act as Assurance and Procurement Public Representatives.

 
Students across Suffolk invited to earn while they learn
12 August 2021
Clinicians at Home First, a service that aims to support people to live at home and enjoy their independence for as long as possible, are writing to student nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to ask if they would like to gain flexible, paid work.
 
Continuing the transformation of local mental health services
05 August 2021
Organisations and providers interested in the delivery and transformation of mental health and emotional wellbeing support in east and west Suffolk, are invited to attend a market engagement event on September 24th.
 
July meeting of the Governing Body
20 July 2021
The next meeting of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday July 27 from 9.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
 
Simple health tips for a safe summer vacation
15 July 2021
The NHS in Suffolk and north east Essex has teamed up with Visit Suffolk, Visit Essex and local councils to offer summer staycation health advice to people spending their holidays here rather than going abroad.
 
Help to overcome needle phobia
25 June 2021
Needle phobia is very common and is something that can be overcome with help.
 
June meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee
16 June 2021
The next meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for east Suffolk will take place virtually on Tuesday June 22 at 2.00 p.m.
 
New Personality and Complex Needs service to be established
02 June 2021
A new Personality Disorder and Complex Needs (PDCN) pathway is set to be established in east and west Suffolk, giving people the opportunity of earlier access to treatment and better support for those already living with a PDCN condition.
 
NHS’s first-ever sea shanty created to encourage COVID-19 vaccination
01 June 2021
What’s believed to be the first-ever sea shanty in the world written to encourage people to take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccination has been created by the well-known East Anglian group The Motley Crew.
 
Volunteers recognised for their support in COVID-19 vaccination roll during volunteers week
01 June 2021
Health and care leaders across Suffolk and north east Essex have thanked volunteers for their invaluable contribution in supporting the NHS’s largest vaccination drive in history.
 
One millionth COVID-19 vaccination administered
26 May 2021
A landmark has been reached as the 1,000,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been administered in the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) area.
 
Extra investment for Eating Disorder Service
26 May 2021
The green light has been given for almost £1 million to be invested in order to kickstart the turnaround of the east and west Suffolk Eating Disorder Service.
 
Community pharmacies are the best performing in England
25 May 2021
Community pharmacies in the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) area have been recognised as the best performing in the country for the number of flu vaccines they have administered to local people.
 
Integrated Care Academy (ICA) launch week 24-28 May with daily programme of free online events
21 May 2021
Students, researchers, health and care leaders, frontline staff and local communities are invited to contribute to a series of free online events that will mark the launch of the Integrated Care Academy (ICA), hosted by the University of Suffolk.
 
Integrated Care Academy (ICA) launches with global award-winning research in care for older people
21 May 2021
Age Care Technologies (ACT), the lead partner in the ICA’s research into the care of older people, has won the 2021 World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) Prize for Innovation in Healthy Ageing.
 
May's meeting of the CCG's Governing Body
19 May 2021
The next meeting of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday May 25 from 9.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
 
Suffolk and North East Essex ICS to help lead NHS routine care recovery plan
14 May 2021
Health and care leaders across Suffolk and north east Essex have said £10m awarded to the system will accelerate the recovery of routine NHS services.
 
CCGs extend courses to help prevent more people developing Type 2 diabetes
10 May 2021

Clinicians in Suffolk and north east Essex are using National Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week (10-16 May) to promote the availability of more places on the prevention programme designed for people known to be at risk of the disease.


 
How Do We Heal? Online Conversations
10 May 2021
People across East Suffolk are invited to participate in a series of online conversations which are taking place over the next couple of weeks, with the aim of capturing and understanding people’s health and care experiences during the pandemic in order to help shape how future services are delivered.
 
Local helpline available to support people with their COVID-19 vaccination booking
07 May 2021
Most people who were vaccinated in February will already have received their second vaccination appointment, but for those who are unsure, the local health care system wants to check that everyone gets their appointment.
 
Tell us your vaccination experience
30 April 2021
With most people across Suffolk and north east Essex reporting a very positive experience of receiving their COVID-19 vaccine, all those being vaccinated are being urged to continue to give their feedback on their experience.
 
Ten hours of free online antenatal classes
28 April 2021
All pregnant women and their birth partners across the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) are now being offered 10-hours of free online antenatal classes.
 
Maternity and COVID-19 - virtual event set to answer questions
20 April 2021
A virtual event is being held later this week which will enable people to hear from local health experts and ask them questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and any concerns that they may have relating to the vaccine and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
 
April meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee
20 April 2021

The next meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for east Suffolk will take place virtually on Tuesday April 27 at 2.00 p.m.


 
Local pharmacies now stocking COVID testing kits
15 April 2021

Community pharmacy teams in Suffolk are now offering free coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid test kits as they help to support the lifting of national restrictions and the pandemic recovery.


 
Provision of Psychological Therapies to be expanded across east and west Suffolk
30 March 2021
Services supporting people in east and west Suffolk with common mental health presentations such as low mood and anxiety disorders are to be expanded.
 
Useful advice as hay fever season begins
30 March 2021
With the Met Office’s forecast of a high pollen count over the next few days, local health care professionals are offering some useful advice to those who suffer from a hay fever allergy.
 
Health care advice for the Easter holidays
25 March 2021
With health care services still under enormous pressure, people across Suffolk and north east Essex are being encouraged to be prepared and know what to do if they or a family member feels unwell over the Easter weekend.
 
Unpaid carers urged to register for their COVID-19 vaccination appointment
19 March 2021
In line with national guidance, appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations are now being offered to eligible, unpaid carers in Suffolk and north east Essex within priority cohort 6.
 
Celebrating social prescribing in east Suffolk
17 March 2021
This week’s Social Prescribing Day (March 18) is a celebration of east Suffolk’s hugely successful, nationally recognized social prescribing initiative, Connect for Health, which has supported an estimated over 6000 people since its inception two and a half years ago.
 
March meeting of the Governing Body
16 March 2021
The next meeting of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday March 23 from 9.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
 
Roving vaccination team set to drive down barriers to COVID-19 vaccine uptake
09 March 2021
NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and Ipswich Buses have joined forces to launch a mobile COVID-19 vaccination facility.
 
Another opportunity to ask questions about COVID-19
23 February 2021
Another virtual community event will take place this week – enabling local people to put their questions about COVID-19 and the vaccination programme to a panel of health and care experts.
 
February Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting
17 February 2021
The next meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for east Suffolk will take place virtually on Tuesday February 23.
 
New initiative aims to inspire confidence and dispel Covid-19 myths
10 February 2021
A new social media initiative has been launched locally which aims to debunk the myths around the Covid-19 vaccine and encourage everyone who is invited for vaccination to take up the offer.
 
Vaccinations and predicted inclement weather this weekend
05 February 2021
Health and care leaders across Suffolk and north east Essex say plans are in place at vaccination sites and centres to deal with forecasted snow over the coming weekend.
 
Independent health and care professionals encouraged to register for vaccination
03 February 2021
Independent providers of health and care services in east and west Suffolk and north east Essex are invited to register to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.
 
An easy way to access your NHS number
03 February 2021
Everyone invited to have a Covid-19 vaccination is asked to bring a copy of their NHS number with them to their appointment.

 
Near doubling of vaccination numbers for over 80s
29 January 2021

Latest figures reveal that 71% of the over 80s in the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS area have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, a near doubling in numbers over last week’s figure of 36%.


 
First Suffolk coronavirus large vaccination centre launches
26 January 2021

The first COVID-19 NHS large vaccination centre in Suffolk opens today (Tuesday 26 January).

 
New mental health support service launched for health and care staff
26 January 2021
A new COVID-19 support service for health and care staff across Norfolk and Suffolk launched today, 25 January, to help them cope with the immense pressures of working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Equity in Mind: Launch of new grant fund to support people's mental wellbeing
21 January 2021
Community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations in east and west Suffolk are invited to apply for new grant funding for projects that will support people’s mental wellbeing and the further development of our new Suffolk community mental health model.
 
January meeting of the CCG's Governing Body
19 January 2021
The next meeting of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday January 26 from 9.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
 
Leading BAME doctor urges others to say yes to Covid-19 vaccination
14 January 2021
A well-known health care professional in Ipswich has pledged his confidence in the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine and is urging everyone, including other members of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, not to be afraid of having the vaccination.
 
Virtual Community Event - Your Covid-19 Questions Answered
13 January 2021

A virtual community event will be held for people in Suffolk and north east Essex (postcode areas CO1-CO16) to put their questions about the COVID-19 pandemic to a panel of experts from local health and care services and community leaders.

 
Adult Carer Services – New Five - Year Contract Confirmed for Suffolk Family Carers
12 January 2021
A new era in services for carers in Suffolk begins from April 2021, with Suffolk Family Carers having been chosen to deliver a county-wide provision of support for adults, covering the next five years.
 
System launches new Covid-19 vaccination website
11 January 2021
A brand-new website has been launched which aims to offer residents of east and west Suffolk and north east Essex a single, comprehensive and accurate source of information about Covid-19 and vaccinations.
 
14 new COVID-19 sites go live across Suffolk and north east Essex
07 January 2021
The next wave of locations for Primary Care Network (PCN) vaccination sites have today been confirmed across the Suffolk and north east Essex Integrated Care System (ICS).
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