The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has ambitious plans to redevelop the hospital and its services to deliver cutting edge healthcare in the best environment possible to it’s local community.
The Board of Directors have reviewed a number of options and have decided upon their preferred option which is a comprehensive redevelopment of the hospital, to be completed over the next five years.
The L&D will stay in its present location, but patients will benefit from major new buildings and significant refurbishment—the aim being to provide a better hospital environment for everyone.
The L&D is a hospital to be proud of, with fantastic feedback from patients about the care and treatment they receive, but the physical buildings, layout and décor do not reflect this exceptional level of care.
The Directors have completed an in depth and extensive feasibility study of the options for the redevelopment and have identified a preferred option to take forward. In short, they want to ensure it’s affordable whilst providing everything the people of Luton, Dunstable and the surrounding areas need. The master plan includes a new block with new critical care facilities including the Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit, new operating theatres, a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and new Delivery Suites.
One of the most significant changes in the plan is for a new main entrance which will provide a central boulevard making it easier for patients to access the ward or department they need. It will also provide much better facilities for patients, visitors and staff.
Programme Director, David Hartshorne, who is also an experienced Engineer has said: “I’m not going to promise anybody a brand new hospital but I will promise them a much improved hospital. At the moment the figure we are looking at is £150million but I need to justify what that money will be spent on and that it delivers a return for the NHS. A brand new hospital would cost around £400m and that is difficult to justify, as the net value of this site when you raze it to the ground is not very much.”
The Executive Team will now work with patients, clinicians, staff and stakeholders to come up with the best possible design and creation of a hospital fit for generations to come.
This is an exciting time for everyone and you may have noticed that some building works have already started at the hospital.