The opening of the new Waterlily Birth Centre is just one of a number of projects which officials say will continue to “transform” Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Managers have revealed that an expanded breast cancer treatment centre is due to open at the Gayton Road site in the spring.
And work is also due to start later this year on plans to refurbish two of the hospital’s operating theatres.
Trust chairman Dr Edward Libbey told Wednesday’s opening ceremony the projects were part of a wider plan to provide the best possible facilties for the future.
He said: “What’s actually happening is that we’re beginning to transform this hospital.
“It was built about 35 years ago with a life of about 25 years and we want to make sure it has another life. I’d like to think this hospital is going to be here for a very much longer time.”
The trust has faced major challenges in recent years, particularly being placed into special measures in the autumn of 2013.
And, earlier this month, former hospital governor Peter Clery called for major reforms of the way the trust is run.
But, after being taken out of special measures, last year, Dr Libbey said the outlook is now much brighter for the QEH.
He said: “This hospital has had its difficult times, but I’m very pleased with where we are.
“We can see the future. We can see that this is going to be a place that is going to provide care to the community.”
He added: “We have a very loyal community and very loyal patients who speak highly of what we do. It’s important to me that we return that appreciation and provide them with the best possible services.
“This is part of the beginning. It is not the end.”