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