The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is committed to excellence and to the provision of high quality healthcare.
The L&D’s commitment to patient safety at a national level was reinforced when our previous Chief Executive was appointed as NHS Patient Safety Campaign Director. The L&D continues to build on this success.
Staff in the hospital are working to protect you from harm during your healthcare experience. We want to ensure that our systems keep you safe, particularly as medical practice is becoming ever more complex.
Working together with doctors, nurses and other hospital staff you can help us to keep you safe while you are in our care. Patients and their carers who are thoroughly involved in their care tend to do better and stay safer.
What visitors can do to make sure patients are safer
There are several steps that visitors can take in order to help ensure that patients remain safe during their stay in hospital – and when they return home.
What we are doing at the L&D to improve your safety if you are a patient
We are working to implement electronic recording and display of patient vital signs observations. This is one intervention which helps us enhance care of any patient at risk of deterioration.
We are working to reduce the incidence of four harms that can occur in hospital. These are pressure ulcers, falls that result in harm, urinary tract infection in patients with a urinary catheter and venous thromboembolism (VTE blood clots).
We are working to improve the management of sepsis through the implementation of ways of delivering care that improve the outcome for patients:
What we ask you to do to help yourself stay safer
We have a number of ways that you can help us by working with us:
If you are a little unsteady ask for help when getting out of bed, particularly at night; check that your call bell is in easy reach to call staff who will be happy to help. Bring in slippers that are well fitting and have rubber soles to avoid slipping.