13th September 2017
The Trust Boards of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital have agreed to explore plans to merge and form one NHS Trust, with effect from April 2018.
Under the umbrella of 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 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) over the last 18 months, a merger would 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.