If you need to go to hospital you can choose which one you want to be treated at. You may wish to discuss what is best for you with your GP.
One thing to consider is that waiting times vary from hospital to hospital.
The NHS Constitution gives you the right to start your consultant-led treatment within a maximum of 18 weeks, unless you choose to wait longer, or it is clinically appropriate that you wait longer. Read more about the NHS guide to waiting times.
Hospitals within the west Suffolk area:
West Suffolk Hospital is a vibrant, friendly and accessible hospital set in a 19-hectare parkland site on the edge of Bury St Edmunds. It has around 430 beds open at any one time and serves a population of around 275,000 within an area of about 600 square miles. In addition, the hospital treats patients living outside this area who actively choose to be referred to us.
An “acute” hospital with an accident and emergency department, the West Suffolk Hospital aims to be the hospital local communities choose first, every time. It is committed to achieving excellence and is passionate about providing the highest quality care.
You can see the latest West Suffolk Hospital palliative care newsletter by clicking here.
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
West Suffolk Hospital
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 2QZ
Tel: 01284 713000
PALS (The Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Tel: 01284 712555
Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am – 5pm (24 hour answerphone service)
Newmarket Community Hospital has out-patient clinics – Outreach clinics for Addenbrookes and West Suffolk Hospital Consultants, Phlebotomy/Blood Tests, X-Ray and Radiology Dept, Ante-natal clinics, Rehabilitation Ward and more.
Suffolk CB8 7JG
Tel: 01638 564000
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Hospitals (Acute) within neighbouring areas:
Tel: 01223 245151
PALS (The Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Tel: 01223 216756
Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 4pm (confidential answerphone out of hours)
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Tel: 01473 712233
PALS (The Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Tel: 01473 704781 Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am – 4pm Freephone: 0800 328 7624
Colchester General Hospital
Tel: 01206 747474
PALS (The Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Tel: 01206 742683 or 742936 Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am – 5pm
Freephone: 0800 783 7328 (confidential answerphone out of hours)
Choose and Book
Book your hospital appointment online or by phone, once you have been referred by your GP.
Please click here for more information about patient choice in the NHS