The second phase of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the children’s department at Ipswich Hospital has opened its doors.

The work has seen an extension built, along with a new treatment room, dedicated two-bed high dependency bay and calming and relaxing sanctuary room for young patients experiencing mental health difficulties.

Parts of the new inpatient area, including some of the new ensuite rooms, have also opened.

The third and final phase of the project will now begin, which will see the new ward entrance, further inpatient rooms, a school room, children’s assessment unit and refurbished outdoor play area open their doors. All of the work will be complete by the summer.

The project is being paid for by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs the hospital, and funds raised through Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity’s Children’s Appeal.

Dr Lauren Filby, clinical lead for paediatrics at Ipswich Hospital, said: “We are thrilled that the second phase of this fantastic project is now open. It has created a bright and welcoming space which will further improve the experience which our young patients and their families and carers have when they come to Ipswich Hospital.”

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported The Children’s Appeal so far. Your generosity is helping to transform the department into a modern, child-friendly environment which matches the high standards of care our teams provide.

We are still keen to hear from anyone who would like to support our appeal and would welcome their help with funding those all-important extras to complete the transformation, including the indoor and outdoor play spaces and sensory equipment. 

Find out more about The Children's Appeal