Smoking shelter being built at West Suffolk Hospital

West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds A smoking shelter is part of West Suffolk Hospital's entrance improvements

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A smoking shelter is being built at West Suffolk Hospital to stop people lighting up outside the main entrance.

The shelter is part of a £250,000 scheme to improve the entrance to the hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

A donation from the Friends of West Suffolk Hospital will pay for automatic doors to be installed at the therapies entrance.

The front of the hospital will also be redecorated.

The scheme includes refurbishing entrances to the emergency department, main building and therapy services.

New lighting and better signage are also planned.

Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce and communications at the hospital, said: "Patients, staff and visitors have all been asking us to spruce up the front of the building for some time, so we are delighted that work is about to begin.

"It will make the whole hospital look much brighter and more welcoming for our patients and visitors."

During the works, the access road directly in front of the hospital will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles, and parking for blue badge holders will be limited.

Annie Topping, chief executive of Healthwatch Suffolk, which represents patients, said it was not good for patients and visitors to walk through smoke outside the entrance.

She said there was a need to monitor the situation: "It would be good to involve users and patients of the hospital so we have a balanced view."

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