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What we are planning

New Facilities
The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is planning development of the following facilities, to be developed over five years:

  • A new five storey Acute Services Block, which will accommodate:
    • A delivery suite and Midwifery-Led Birth Unit
    • A Neonatal Unit (NICU) offering parent accommodation
    • An integrated critical care floor with isolation rooms
    • An ambulatory surgical unit to support day case surgery and clean room procedures
    • A suite of operating theatres adjoining the current hospital operating theatres
  • A major expansion of the existing Emergency Department (ED)
  • A new main entrance and boulevard through the hospital site, providing a central concourse to make it easy for patients and visitors to access the various zones that make up the hospital
  • Improved car parking for patients, staff and visitors

Upgrade and refurbishment
The majority of wards and departments will undergo an upgrade and redecoration to support excellent patient care and experience. In addition, a number of smaller projects are being developed.

This programme of works has already been initiated. An orthopaedic centre, located behind the Travelodge on the Dunstable Road, is  open and a medical ward in the ground floor of St Mary’s is receiving patients.

Why are we doing this?
The L&D currently offers a full range of acute services from its current site. It has a neonatal intensive care unit, maternity unit, the regional head and neck service, hosts the regional breast screening unit as well as providing a range of specialist services. The hospital serves a catchment population of 300,000 people and employs around 4000 dedicated staff.
Although the L&D offers an exceptional level of care, the physical buildings, layout and décor do not reflect this:

  • The hospital is difficult for patients to navigate and can lead to a number of operational inefficiencies
  • The site has a negative effect on patient, visitor and staff wellbeing. We want to change the way the hospital looks, feels and is used, for all patients, visitors and staff
  • There are considerable pressures upon parking spaces for visitors and patients

Our health economy is under extreme financial pressure and the challenge to fund the future needs of the population is growing. Pressures on the NHS increase year on year, with a growing and ageing population and with an increased expectation for excellent healthcare.

In October 2014 the Trust Board approved a target budget of £150m following a feasibility study and options appraisal. This work explored the most appropriate development of the site that can achieve improved clinical services for patients.

One of the Trust’s investment objectives is to focus investment wisely by re-configuring the site so that the greatest risks are eliminated, or significantly reduced.
This is an opportunity for clinical services to progress and provide services that are efficient, sustainable and fit for the future.

The key objectives are to deliver excellent clinical outcomes, improve patient safety and improve patient experience.