It has around 430 beds open at any one time and serves a population of around 275,000 within an area of approximately 600 square miles. It achieved Foundation Trust status in December 2011.
GP Trainees at Bury St Edmunds spend 18 months in hospital placements. Our hospital consultants are skilled teachers (several of whom also work in Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and/or Cambridge University). They recognise the importance of trainees who learn skills in each department which are relevant to General Practice and not just the department they are currently training in. We work hard to make sure our hospital placements provide skills and experience that trainees can apply to a lifetime career in General Practice.
Opened in 2013, the Education Centre is located at the rear of the hospital, and has two lecture theatres, meeting rooms and specially equipped practical and clinical skills training rooms. It also houses the West Suffolk Foundation Trust library, which offers a wide range of resources, books, journals and electronic information.
West Suffolk Hospital is home to the Graduate Medical School of the University of Cambridge. A number of the practices involved in teaching students on this course are also training practices for general practice.