01/11/2021 | Big Builds, Press releases

Changes to Ipswich Hospital entrances

There are going to be some changes to entrances at Ipswich Hospital.

We are building a new south main entrance (entrance 2) and retail area followed by a new Emergency Department and Urgent Treatment Centre as part of a £23million project to improve services for patients.

We are asking our patients and visitors to use different entrances to make sure we can carry out the building work safely.

From 15 November 2021, entrances 3, 4, and 5 will be closed. These are the entrances commonly used for


  • Trauma and Orthopaedics and the Fracture Clinic – We are asking these patients to instead use entrance 2 (near the south wards, marked in the green zone on our hospital map).
  • Rheumatology, Physiotherapy and Hand Therapy- We are asking these patients to instead use entrance 6 (central outpatients, marked in the pink zone on our hospital map) where they will find directions to their appointment clinic.


Access to the vehicle area outside entrances 3, 4 and 5 commonly used for drop-offs will be blocked off too.


We advise that patients who have appointments for Trauma and Orthopaedics and Fracture Clinic are instead dropped off at Car park F where there will be a new clearly identified drop-off zone.

Patients with appointments for Rheumatology, Physiotherapy and Hand Therapy are instead dropped off at entrance 6 (central outpatients).


We have included a note about the changes in patient appointment letters. We are asking patients to keep an eye out for signage and to follow the designated footpaths. We will also have volunteers at hand to help people find their way.

There are a number of big building projects going on at Ipswich Hospital with millions of pounds being invested to make sure our patients have the best possible environments. Please bear with us – the disruption is only short-term and we will be hugely improving your hospital as a result.

Remember, visiting our hospital is currently restricted due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety guidelines. The latest guidance on visiting is on our website here – Temporary suspension of visiting in Suffolk hospitals – East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (esneft.nhs.uk)


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