Opinion – The Chaos of Trying to Access Felixstowe’s Minor Injuries Unit

Felixstowe used to have a walk in Minor Injuries Unit, located in Felixstowe General Hospital, itself saved a number of times from the brink of closure by local residents associations and local protests. Felixstowe still has a Minor Injuries Unit – it’s just now almost impossible to access due to the weird and wonderful decision by the NHS authorities that control the Suffolk area to … Continue reading Opinion – The Chaos of Trying to Access Felixstowe’s Minor Injuries Unit

Felixstowe GP Surgery Placed In Special Measures

Walton Surgery in Walton High Street has been inspected by The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently and has been rated ‘inadequate’ overall. The CQC have now put the Surgery in special measures for six months after which it will be inspected again to see if things have improved. The facility, which caters for around 4,300 people, had previously been rated ‘good’ in 2017 under the … Continue reading Felixstowe GP Surgery Placed In Special Measures

Changes to Felixstowe Community Hospital Services Revealed

Last night I went to the so called ‘drop in information evening’ at The Orwell Hotel concerning proposed changes to the facilities at Felixstowe Community Hospital. ‘Pathetic’ is probably a kind way of describing the one board at the back with minimal information and the rather self satisfied and totally uninterested collection of people on duty to fend off any questions from the general public. … Continue reading Changes to Felixstowe Community Hospital Services Revealed

Big Changes Proposed for Felixstowe Community Hospital

When Felixstowe lost the Bartlet the local people were promised that the Felixstowe General would be safe. Now there are moves afoot to change the way the hospital is accessed – especially the walk in Minor Injuries Unit. Although there is no talk at the moment of closing the hospital – is this just the thin end of the wedge? And is it right to … Continue reading Big Changes Proposed for Felixstowe Community Hospital

Shock Closure of Second Nursing Home in Felixstowe

In 2016 Leopold Nursing Home on Leopold Road closed its doors after 28 years trading, with owners citing under capacity making the home un- economic to run. Now the same owners have announced the closure of their second care home and put the company – Leopold Nursing Homes Ltd – into  voluntary liquidation, with spokesperson Rema Jayarajan citing the same reasons – meaning  St Marys in Undercliff … Continue reading Shock Closure of Second Nursing Home in Felixstowe

Two New Support Groups For Dementia In Felixstowe

Are you a carer for someone with dementia – or do you know someone who is? It’s estimated that around 12,800 people in Suffolk are currently living with dementia, with the number rising in the future at a time when the NHS is strapped for cash and many people are left to struggle on with very little help. In January two new dementia support groups … Continue reading Two New Support Groups For Dementia In Felixstowe

Warm Homes Project Wins Funding To Help Vulnerable Hospital Patients

We have had a couple of unprecedented cold snaps just recently – and this can affect the most needy in our region as they struggle to keep warm – especially as they come out of hospital and are at their most vulnerable. However there is help at hand as a project which helps poorer people and families in Suffolk make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat has successfully been … Continue reading Warm Homes Project Wins Funding To Help Vulnerable Hospital Patients

Funding For Children’s Health Services Set To Be Reduced

At a time when obesity rates among schoolchildren in the county are rising, and support for vulnerable families is seriously strapped for cash, the situation is set to get worse as Suffolk County Council’s (SCC) budget for children and young people’s public health services, which currently sits at £10.8 million, will be sliced by 10% in April 2019. In the 2015/16 academic year, 17.5% of Year … Continue reading Funding For Children’s Health Services Set To Be Reduced

Changes To Felixstowe GP Practices Underway

Three Felixstowe GP surgeries face change and upheaval in the coming months – but the authorities insist that patient care will not be affected. In November, with the imminent retirement of leading partner Dr Mckee, Walton Surgery was taken over by Suffolk GP Federation – a not-for-profit Federation of 58 independent GP practices covering 580,000 patients. Members remain independent organisations, whilst collaborating in the development … Continue reading Changes To Felixstowe GP Practices Underway