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SuffolkNews Podcast: Toll of pressure on hospital staff at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds revealed



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First on the podcast today, it has been revealed that the NHS trust which runs West Suffolk Hospital declared a critical internal incident last week.

The scale of the challenges the trust faced were outlined in board papers, in which chief executive Craig Black said there was ‘immense pressure’ on services which was taking a toll on staff.

It said a resurgence of Covid, along with the warm weather increasing demand and the Bury St Edmunds hospital’s ongoing estate maintenance programme impacting capacity had led to the incident being declared. This was officially stepped down on Tuesday evening.

It comes after figures have revealed that thousands of working days are being lost at the trust due to staff suffering from stress, anxiety and depression.

After the statistics were shared thanks to a Freedom of Information request, a watchdog has called for greater support for staff who are struggling and noted that the issue of ‘stretched and overworked’ staff is impacting on the quality of care.

Mr Black said supporting staff with their health and wellbeing was of ‘critical importance’ and they had ‘developed an excellent package’ of measures.

Next and three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Ipswich.

Emergency services were called to Princes Street just before 10pm on Wednesday after reports a 17-year-old had been stabbed. He was later taken to hospital.

The three teenagers arrested in connection with the incident have since been released on bail.

Elsewhere and a llama which has lost the use of its legs can still get around thanks to the ingenuity of its owner.

Olivia Boland and her team at Tostock Animal Parks have built what she thinks is the world’s first ever llama walking frame for five-year-old Imogene.

Imogene was born at the farm, near Bury St Edmunds, suddenly became unable to stand up to eat in late May.

It’s believed the llama has a spine deformity, but as she can still eat and drink as normal, Olivia didn’t want to have her put down, so she found an animal osteopath expert to try a laser treatment which proved to be effective.

But for it to have the most success, Imogene would need to walk regularly to strengthen her muscles and that's where the walking frame has come in.

In other news, festivalgoers are descending on Suffolk this weekend for this year’s Latitude Festival.

The county’s biggest festival, in Henham Park near Southwold, is set to welcome tens of thousands of people over the next few days for live music, comedy and activities.

And a couple have finally celebrated their delayed lockdown marriage with an epic Back To The Future themed wedding.

Jordan and Pete Ayriss were able to celebrate their love in true 80s style, even with a DeLorean car.

The pair from Ipswich had their wedding reception with just their mothers and their registrar during the May 2021 lockdown.

They’ve now been able to celebrate with their friends and family at Christchurch Mansion, which was also decorated in accordance with the theme.

Also, see inside a stunning town home believed to date back to the 16th century.

It's now on the market, close to Bury St Edmunds town centre.