New look will brighten up hospital entry

The first phase of improving the West Suffolk Hospital entrances is unveiled with its new look emergency department
The first phase of improving the West Suffolk Hospital entrances is unveiled with its new look emergency department

The first phase of the new look front entrance at West Suffolk Hospital has been unveiled.

Work to upgrade the entrance, formerly known as A & E, was completed last week as part of a £250,000 refurbishment of the front of the hospital.

Contractors, Barnes Construction will now work on the hospital’s main entrance and there will be an upgrade to the therapy services entrance during the final phase of the project.

The Friends of West Suffolk Hospital have donated £19,000 which will enable two sets of automatic doors to be installed at the therapy department entrance.

The therapy services entrance will shut temporarily while work is carried out but the emergency department and main entrances will remain open.

As part of the work new lighting will be put in, signage improved and the front of the building decorated to better define the entrances. There will also be some landscaping and unnecessary signs and seating will be removed.

Jan Bloomfield, hospital executive director of workforce and comunications, said: “We are delighted with the new emergency department entrance. The work has significantly improved the appearance of the hospital and has really helped define the entrance and made it stand out.

“Patients, staff and visitors have been asking us to spruce up the front of the building for some time. We are delighted that the project is progressing well and look forward to its completion later this year.

We would like to thank our patients and visitors for their patience and hope that everyone will like the improvements when the project is complete.”

The scheme uses low maintenance materials so that the building retains its smart new appearance without the need for extensive ongoing work.

During the work the access road directly in front of the hospital will remain closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and limited disabled parking until the project’s completion.