26/11/2020 | Announcements, Press releases

Building works at Ipswich Hospital

We’ve some projects underway at Ipswich Hospital in the coming days which visitors to our sites may need to be aware of.

We apologise for disruption, which teams are working hard to keep to a minimum.

Thanks to our Estates and Facilities team for all their hard work.

A new MRI scanner is arriving at Ipswich Hospital on Saturday

Once up and running at the start of next year, it means the team will be able to carry out more patient scans.

The large scanner will be lifted into the MRI department via the roof by a crane. It will be parked outside the Rheumatology and Trauma & Orthopaedic departments.

From 8am on Saturday, some car parking spaces in the area will be closed off to make way for the crane and to keep everybody safe. The work is due to be completed the same day.

Teams will make sure that there is still access for ambulances, as well as disabled car parking and access to the pick-up and drop-off vehicle areas. There will be diversions for pedestrians.


We will be introducing a new type of Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing to ESNEFT as part of our commitment to regularly test staff for the virus. It is called LAMP testing and you can find out more about it on the gov.uk website.

In order to bring a LAMP testing facility to Ipswich Hospital, we are carrying out some building work behind the Education Centre, in the Renal Unit visitor car park.

Foundations to the building are being laid tomorrow and the car park will be partially closed. There will still be access for ambulance transport and patient parking.

On Monday and Tuesday next week, a crane is arriving and the car park will be closed other than for access for ambulance transport. Alternative nearby car parking is being arranged for patients.

Teams are resurfacing roads

Road resurfacing will begin at Ipswich Hospital next week, from Monday.

All the work will take place after 8pm and small diversions will be in place, so disruption will be minimal.

Vehicles will still be able to enter the hospital site via Heath Road, but will be directed to use an entrance into a car park rather than the usual main entrance. Vehicles will be directed to leave the site via Pearson Road.

The Woodbridge Road entrance/exit will also be affected but the hospital team is working with the ambulance team to maintain emergency access and exits for ambulances.

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