The West Suffolk Hospital is situated in the beautiful market town of Bury St Edmunds.  It is a town of rich and fascinating heritage with stunning medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and a world famous Cathedral and Abbey Gardens.  With prestigious shopping, thriving arts and entertainment scene and a huge variety of fabulous restaurants and bars it provides for every taste and requirement to enable you to recharge and relax when not at work.

The hospital is approximately 1 hour 45 minute drive from central London, with rail links to both Kings Cross and Liverpool Street with journey times of just over 2 hours.  The cycle route from the station takes approximately 15 minutes and there is safe cycle parking and plenty of staff car parking on site.   Accommodation can be arranged on site if desired.

The hospital is a 430 bed DGH, with a catchment area of 600 square miles and serves a population of 280,000.  It has consistently been named as one of the country’s top hospitals for providing safe, effective and high quality care and received the best CQC report of all hospitals in the region after the last inspection in 2016.  We are an associate teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Within the Surgery department we currently offer Core Training posts in General Surgery and Urology, but can be flexible and offer alternate posts in Trauma & Orthopaedics or ENT if desired.  At present our CTs spend 6 months in both Urology and General Surgery, and are supported by enthusiastic Assigned Educational Supervisors and College Tutor to make sure that all training needs are being met, and careers guidance is being given.  Our recent CT trainees far exceeded their operative number and WBA requirements.  There is an active teaching programme within the Surgery department and also from the Post Graduate Medical Education Centre which also houses a state of the art simulation centre.

We look forward to welcoming you to our busy, friendly hospital.

Miss Lora Young

Orthopaedic Surgeon, West Suffolk Hospital


West Suffolk Hospital Recommendation:

Hi there, my name is Abi Kanthabalan. I was a Core Surgical Trainee at West Suffolk Hospital for my CT2 year. I did 6 months of General Surgery and 6 months of Urology. West Suffolk is a fantastic hospital and I have learnt so much here. As part of this rotation I was on-call Registrar in both specialties and this is where I feel improved my clinical skills the most. I would review emergency patients where I had to make decisions on which patients required emergency theatre, the appropriate scan according to clinical need, prioritizing patients for clinical review, leading and teaching junior doctors and medical students on surgical and urological emergencies and learning key laparoscopic and endoscopic skills. During my normal hours, I attended both main theatre and Day Surgery Unit where I was often first assistant or primary surgeon working with registrar or consultant. In General Surgery, I had exposure to inguinal and para-umbilical hernias, laparoscopic appendicectomy and cholecystectomy, exploratory laparotomy, large and small bowel resection, stoma formation, de-roofing of liver cysts and Nissen’s fundoplication. During my time in Urology I was exposed to ureteric stent insertion, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, bladder cancer resection, prostate resection and biopsy, testicular torsion, vasectomy, penile prosthesis implantation and Nesbit’s procedure. Consultants at West Suffolk are approachable and I was always able to ask for both clinical and academic advice. I was able to complete my surgical e-portfolio with more than required numbers of CBDs, DOPs and CEXs. As a result of my time in West Suffolk Hospital I feel I have become more competent as a surgical trainee and feel ready to take on responsibility of becoming a registrar.


Abi Kanthabalan

Core Surgical Trainee

West Suffolk Hospital

August 2016 – 2017