Residents of north Essex and east Suffolk are being urged to drop-in and catch-up about the upcoming merger of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals at public sessions across the region this month.

As well as reading the latest information, members of the public will be encouraged to share any comments or questions they have about the merger, which will create the biggest NHS organisation in the whole of East Anglia.

Chief Executive for both trusts, Nick Hulme said:  “The merger is good news for the residents we serve. With over ten thousand staff, our combined strength will help us to see our patients at the right time, provide the best treatments locally and attract new staff. Merging will mean we can spend less money on overheads and duplication, and more money on our services to improve care for our patients.

“We are really keen that local residents are kept up-to-speed on progress with the merger, and have the opportunity to give their views on our plans. We are not planning any major changes, but there is a lot we can do to make services run more smoothly and free up time for our patients and staff.”

Sessions will run 10am-2pm as follows:

13 Feb   Ipswich Corn Exchange

15 Feb   Clacton Library

19 Feb   Colchester Library

22 Feb   Felixstowe Library