The Trust Boards of Luton & Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital are progressing plans to merge and form one NHS Trust.
Under 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 Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS) over the last 18 months, the merger will 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.
On 5 August 2019, it was confirmed by the Department of Health and Social Care that £99.5m of capital funding has been approved which is fantastic news for our patients. This means the delivery of a new 5 storey acute services block at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) to enable urgent replacement of some of the site’s most out-dated estate can now progress. This will make a real difference to patient and staff experience by delivering new facilities for critical care, maternity services, the level 3 neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) and operating theatres.
Our current project plan is for the new merged Trust (Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) to be formed on 1 April 2020.
We will update all stakeholders with news as our plans develop over the coming months.
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