The organisation has a history that goes back to 2007.

Deben Health Group is formed by six practices in the Woodbridge area. The group starts to work with other practice-based commissioning groups in East Suffolk.

Deben Health Group launches a non-pregnancy community ultrasound service in most of East Suffolk, cutting waiting times from six weeks to a fortnight.

Cardiology and urology clinics are launched.

Deben Health Group merges with Suffolk Brett Stour, another practice-based commissioning group, to form ES Healthcare.

In preparation for the introduction of clinical commissioning groups, ES Healthcare decides to form a federation with practices in Ipswich. This brings the organisation to 41 practices.

20 additional practices in West Suffolk to create Suffolk GP Federation.

The Federation successfully bids to manage the diabetes service in North East Essex.

The Federation becomes a Wave 2 Prime Ministers’ Challenge Fund provider offering extended primary care access.

Launch of Suffolk GP+ in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

The Federation becomes responsible for managing Walton Surgery in Felixstowe.

The Federation supports the formation of Suffolk Primary Care super-partnership.

The Federation takes over the management at Christmas Maltings & Clements, and Kirkley Mill Surgery in Lowestoft.

Launch of Suffolk Locum Service.

Expansion of GP+ to clinics in Stowmarket, Wickham Market, Leiston and Haverhill.


Introduction of GP ‘Welcome Back to Work’ service.

Suffolk GP+ expands to west Suffolk.


The GP Support Hub is created to retain and recruit GP’s in Suffolk and north east Essex.

Launch of Suffolk Out of Hours service.


Launch of 24/7 Urgent Care Hub and COVID-19 pandemic home visiting service.

Closure of Walton Surgery and transfer of Kirkley Mill to a new provider.


The Federation Covid vaccinated over 100,000 of the Suffolk population from five sites.