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SuffolkNews Podcast: Figures show 'shocking' pressure on A&E as West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds sees growing numbers of dental patients



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In today's podcast, new figures have revealed hundreds of patients with dental problems attended West Suffolk Hospital’s A&E last year.

344 people turned to the emergency department in Bury St Edmunds to relieve issues with their teeth amid what has been called a ‘major crisis’ in dentistry provisions. 308 of these had some sort of treatment.

This figure, obtained by SuffolkNews via Freedom of Information request, has gradually increased over the last four years as NHS services have dwindled.

Next, a teenager is in a critical condition after a fire ripped through a property in Thetford last night.

Emergency services were called to the blaze in Staniforth Road at half past 7 last night, with six fire crews and the ambulance service at the scene.

Meanwhile in Ipswich, officers investigating a fire in Kitchener Road yesterday evening have discovered the property was being used as a cannabis farm.

This comes after emergency services were called to the property at around half 10 last night.

And finally, Taxi drivers in West Suffolk are set to face a rise in fees and charges for the first time in seven years to help a council pay for an increase in safety checks and administration.

West Suffolk Council hasn't put up its taxi fees and charges since 2016 but the authority said it has seen a 'significant increase' to the costs associated with licensing due to national changes.