EAST Renfrewshire residents will benefit from new lighting being installed at a busy hospital.

Jackson Carlaw, MSP for Eastwood, said he contacted NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde after some of his constituents who visit the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital raised concerns over a pedestrian walkway that was being left unlit at night.

Amid fears this was creating a safety hazard, the Tory politician urged the health board to investigate and put in place temporary lighting while options for more permanent solutions are explored.

The walkway is located between a temporary entrance currently in place at the hospital and the bus stop on site.

Mr Carlaw said: “Significant numbers of my constituents in Eastwood are regularly required to attend the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, either for treatment or to visit loved ones.

“It was a concern to be made aware of the lack of lighting at the pedestrian walkway and, from the correspondence I received, it was clear that lighting should be installed to improve visibility at the location.

“I raised the matter directly with the Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ask that the health board address concerns by ensuring new lighting was put in place.

“I am pleased the health board acted quickly on my representations and the new lighting is now operational in the evenings.

“The introduction of the lighting should allay concerns and improve visibility for visitors.”