The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Building work has started on a new maternity bereavement suite at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The £228,000 Butterfly Suite, due to open this winter, will provide a dedicated facility for families who have experienced the devastating loss of a baby.

The quiet and private area will enable parents time to create precious memories with their baby, in a separate, safe and comfortable environment.

An appeal to help fund the suite was launched early last year and the project received the go-ahead following funds raised through support from the community and the hospital trust’s own charity.

Amanda Price-Davey, the hospital’s head of midwifery, said: “Losing a baby at any stage of pregnancy is a very traumatic experience, so to be able to offer families the use of the Butterfly Suite from this winter is so important.

“Families will be able to spend time with their baby, make precious memories and begin to grieve their loss while being supported by the midwives, chaplains and bereavement staff.”

Professor Steve Barnett, QEH chairman, said: “The Butterfly Suite will make a positive difference to the experience of our patients and their families who are going through their most difficult time.

“We know from feedback from our patients that this space is very much needed, so I’m extremely pleased to see building work commence today which is a significant step forward in our work to further improve the experience of our patients and their families.”

Fundraising efforts are still continuing in a bid to make the suite homely and comfortable for families.

Money raised will go towards much-needed furnishings, a hospital spokesman said.

Cheques should be made payable to the Maternity Bereavement Suite Appeal and sent to: Finance Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gayton Road, King’s Lynn, PE30 4ET.