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Find out where services are provided

Use our interactive map here to find our bases and community hospitals. You can find information about the services they provide in the Our Services section.

Our Care Co-ordination Centre:      0300 123 2425

Seasonal information

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Suffolk Community Healthcare

Caring for you in your community

Our nurses, therapists, specialists, technicians and support staff are dedicated to giving you excellent care that meets your needs closer to home

Welcome to Suffolk Community Healthcare

Our priority is providing high quality, reliable and safe community healthcare to people in our community, delivered with compassion and kindness.

We provide a comprehensive range of NHS services closer to home for about 650,000 people in Suffolk. Suffolk Community Healthcare is provided by a partnership of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. In addition our community equipment service is provided by Medequip, and our wheelchair service by Bartrams

Our 15 community health teams offer nursing and therapy care, working with specialist nurses and our community intervention service for urgent cases. We also run four community hospitals and a minor injuries unit, and operate a wheelchair and community equipment service to help people maintain their independence for longer.  Our Community Paediatric Service offers an integrated service to children and young people with disabilities and longer term health conditions. We try to make services easy to access individual, personalised and joined-up, and as close to what each patient wants and needs as we can.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 99% of service users who responded to our survey (Friends and Family Test) in February 2017 would recommend our services
  • From April to December 2016 our staff had 475,862 face-to-face contacts with patients
  • From April to December 2016 98,610 new referrals were made to our services
  • If you need a referral to any of our services please contact your GP or call our Care Coordination Centre on 0300 123 2425 (24/7)

A recent comment from a family - see more in the About Us section

Bury Rural Community Health Team: My late brother-in-law was cared for at home for the last 10 days of his life by the team.  I cannot thank them enough for the care they put in place. His last days were peaceful and he died without pain. They were not only caring to him but also to his wife, supporting her every step of the way, even to staying and helping her wash him before the undertaker came. This gave her great comfort. On behalf of the family I would like to express our deepest gratitude.

Please note - important announcements

Community services in Suffolk are running as usual, and all precautions are in place to protect patients and staff from cyber threats. If you have any queries about appointments, please telephone 0300 123 2425. Read more from NHS England here

Getting the right help at the right time

Making sure you go to the right place for help when you are unwell means that you and your family will get the best treatment. It also helps ensure busy NHS services are available to help everyone including other patients who may need them more.

Self-care – self-care is the best choice to treat coughs, colds and other very minor illnesses and injuries using over the counter medicines.

Pharmacist – your local chemist can give you advice on common health problems and the medicines you need to treat them.

GP/ out of hours service – make an appointment with your local GP when you have an illness or injury which will not go away and which cannot be treated by over the counter treatments. In an emergency, you can contact the out of hours service by telephoning your surgery and following the recorded instructions.

NHS 111 – available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not life-threatening, for guidance on where to go for help or if you need health information and reassurance.

Minor injuries unit – available at Felixstowe Hospital from 7am to 10pm daily. The MIU provides treatment or advice which does not need a visit to A&E or a medical appointment. Many GP surgeries also offer a minor injuries service.

A&E or 999 – should only be used in very serious or life-threatening situations. 

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