Building work progressing at King’s Lynn hospital

The gantry at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The gantry at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Doctors will soon be breaking the news of a breast cancer diagnosis to women in dignified surroundings when a new unit opens later this spring.

Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is currently transforming an empty clinic and former snow plough store to create the new specialist centre.

This is one of a number of building projects at the Gayton Road hospital, which includes ward and theatre renovations.

Chief executive Dorothy Hosein says the new breast cancer screening unit will be an improvement for patients and staff.

She said: “Some of the patients have cancer and the facilities were just not right in terms of having to tell them bad news behind a curtain on a main through fare.

“This is not just about improving the treatment for patients but also for staff, who will be able to tell that person what is happening in the right environment.

“There isn’t a lot of money in the NHS so we have to make sure we are using it properly.”

The new unit is being created within the former Genito Urinary Medicine clinic, which moved into Lynn town centre last year.

Builders are extending the site into an area formerly used to house snow ploughs to make the best use of space.

The new clinic, which has included funding from local donations and the Caron Keating Foundation, will include eight treatment rooms along with space for radiology.

Work is also due to be finished shortly on refurbishing Windsor Ward.

The 37-bedroom ward, which will be used for elderly and frail patients, is aimed to have a more homely feel to make dementia patients feel comfortable with wooden effect flooring.

This ward will also have piped oxygen and be one of the first to receive WIFI under the hospital’s £1.5 million project. Other wards will also be refurbished in the coming years

The hospital’s theatres are currently being renovated and to save disruption builders are bringing materials using a roof gantry.

Doctors’ mess have also been given a makeover in the hopes of improved facilities to help retain staff.

Mess president Dr Glenn Davies said the new rooms are being used more and are good for morale.

Hospital trust chairman Edward Libbey said: “The hospital has been here for 35 years and had a life expectancy of 25.

“We are here for the long term and we have to build infrastructure for the future.

“We are going to be here for a while and we need the best facilities as that is what our patients deserve.”