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Proposed merger between Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital 

13 September 2017

The Trust Boards of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital have agreed to explore plans to merge and form one NHS Trust, with effect from April 2018.

Under the umbrella of the single NHS Trust, both hospitals will retain their identity and individual hospital names. A&E, maternity and paediatrics services will remain on both sites, with clinical services from both hospitals working as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. This will bring many benefits for patients including much improved continuity of care.

Supporting the work programme of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) over the last 18 months, a merger would provide new and exciting opportunities for collaboration, and would be the driver to improve health and care services for all our patients across the whole of Bedfordshire.

26 September 2017

Following the recent announcement of the proposed merger between Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, a summary of the Strategic Outline Case (SOC) has now been published and can be accessed here: Public Summary_SOC for anyone wanting to read further on this proposal.

3rd November 2017

Both hospital sites will retain their individual names, the integrated NHS Foundation Trust will have a new name. Both Trust Boards discussed this and given that this integrated Trust will enhance services for the whole Bedfordshire population, we are considering the suggestion of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  We envisage that, as in the case of Addenbrooke’s which is officially called Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT, Bedford Hospital and the L&D will continue to be known by these names to their local communities. We want to know what you think of this – do you like it, have you any other suggestions? Please visit this link to share your feedback and thoughts

10th November 2017

The Hospital Chief Executives, Stephen Conroy (Bedford Hospital) and David Carter (L&D University Hospital) would like to invite you to come along and hear about their plans including why a merger is being proposed, what will it mean for existing patients, the local population and staff, what might change and when. Please click here to view events

14th November 2017

We are looking to expand our Foundation Trust Membership to include individuals fro across the whole of Bedfordshire and surrounding counties, to ensure our membership represents the population both hospitals serve. Membership is FREE and as a member you can help shape the future of your local hospital. Please click here to sign up and find out more

17th November 2017

Please click here to download an update on the proposed merger