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Banks, Shops and Transport
There are many Banks, Shops and Transport facilities around the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, with easy access. Click here to find out more.

Bed Management
At the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital there is a Patient flow / Bed management service to assist you when patients need to be admitted.

The patient flow team are responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of patients through the hospital from ED within 4 hours through EAU and then to an appropriate ward.

Our aim is to get the right patient to the right bed to ensure patients safety and enhance their experience.

When the hospital is under pressure for bed capacity the patient flow team will need to work closely with you to identify patients that can be outlied to non acute wards. The hospital uses a live electronic bed management system called extra med and the patient flow team can support you in using and accessing this system.

Senior Bed Manager – Annie Prime, Bleep 588
Extension 8655 ann.prime@ldh.nhs.uk

Patient flow managers
Julie Pilley
Noori Hussain
Charrisse Melo
Sarah Hardy

Patient flow assistants
Zoey Hamill
Hina Zafar

Patient flow hours
Monday-Friday: 8.00 to 21.00
Saturday & Sunday: 9.00 to 21.00

Surgical bed issues Bleep 078
Medical & DME bed issues Bleep 004

When patient flow are not on duty the senior nurse for the hospital (bleep 555) will assist you with the location of beds for your patients.

Car Parking and Security
Staff car parks are controlled via the swipe card system and CCTV covers the area.

We have a variety of car parks located across the hospital site. To find out more about car parks and security please click here.

Career and Counselling Advice
All junior medical and dental staff doctor have a designated Educational Supervisor who meets with the trainee to discuss Personal Development plans and aims to identify study leave requirements and later to review progress made.

In addition, there is general career and counselling advice available for all junior medical and dental staff. Many junior staff find it helpful to talk about their long-term career plans and formulate ideas or there may be a specific problem or difficulty that has arisen.

To arrange an appointment to see:
Dr Ritwik Banerjee, Consultant Physician and Foundation Programme Director or
Mr Periyathambi Jambulingam, Consultant Surgeon and Foundation Programme Director
or myself, please contact Mrs Frances McMahon, Medical Education Manager on Ext 8095
Mrs Mcahon is also available to offer advice on your CV.

Careers information is available from the BMJ Careers website.

Dr Mark Alexander
Director of Medical Education

Restaurants and Cafes
We have a restaurant and a variety of cafes on site at the hospital.

To find out more information including opening hours please click here .

Chaplaincy
Chaplaincy exists to provide opportunities for pastoral, spiritual and religious care of all staff, patients and their relatives within the Trust. We are committed to people regardless of race, religion, creed, gender, culture or sexual orientation. Spiritual healthcare is important in caring for the whole person.

To find out more about our Chapel and local centres of worship,  please click here.
To find out where the local Churches and Mosques are,  please click here.

COMET
The centre provides for both postgraduate and undergraduate medical education and is a very active education and training centre within the Hospital. The College / Specialty Tutors and GP Tutors provide a comprehensive programme of general educational and specialty meetings for all Hospital doctors and General Practitioners. The hospital has recently been awarded full teaching status in recognition of its excellent undergraduate standards.

Further details can be found in the Term Programme, which is distributed to all consultants’ offices, the Doctors’ Mess and is freely available in the Medical Education Department itself. Details of meetings can also be found on the Medical Education Department notice boards.
The Medical Education Office is located on the ground floor in COMET next to the main Lecture Hall. The Medical Education Manager and the Foundation Programme Administrator’s office is located on the 2nd floor of COMET. The Library is located on the 1st floor. Seminar Rooms, Multiskills Laboratory & Resuscitation Training Room are located on the 2nd floor.

The Medical Education Department Office is open between 8.30.-17.00. please click here to view contact details

Fax Facilities
Medical Education 01582 49738
Personnel 01582 598990
Study Leave guidelines are available. If you need advice regarding study leave, associated travel and expenses, career and counselling guidance, supplies of pens and films for overhead projection, PowerPoint information for presentations or anything else – please visit or phone the Medical Education office. If we can’t help you ourselves we ‘know someone who can’ – we can at least point you in the right direction.

Information Technology
IT supports staff in providing patient care, for example requesting and viewing tests, creating discharge letters, recording patient activity etc.

The Trust has approximately 4200 employees with access to 1800 computers and 800 printers across the site. All staff at the Trust are provided with email and internet access.

There are more than 180 IT systems in place providing administrative and clinical support. Some of these systems are large and are used by nearly every department in the Trust. Others are smaller and provide dedicated services to single departments.

The IT Department provides support for most of these systems and training for many of the major clinical systems in the Trust.

To find out more about our IT systems and department please click here .

Leisure Facilities
The Social Club is based in the hospital grounds and has entertainment most weekends. The telephone number is 01582 49 11 66 Ext. 2212.
Pool/snooker tables are located in the Doctors’ Mess & Social Club.

Lewsey Swimming Pool and Sports Centre, Active Luton – 01582 604244 – sunbed and sauna also available.
Various gymnasiums and health clubs are located within walking distance from the hospital towards Dunstable.
Leisure Centres are located in both Luton and Dunstable and include swimming pools, gyms, saunas etc.
Bowling alleys are located in both towns.
Luton has a large cinema complex (Cineworld).
GO Bowling (Dunstable) 01582 472727
The Galaxy Centre (Luton) 01582 523777

Pubs and clubs are located nearby in both Luton and Dunstable.

Residential Accommodation
Welcome to the residences of Optivo based at, and in partnership with, Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The accommodation ranges from single en-suite rooms to 3 bedroom houses and is allocated on an applicant’s requirements.

Please click here if you wish to see further information and photographs of the accommodation.

Departmental Management-  The cleaning, maintenance and management of the accommodation is run from the Accommodation Office based at 237 Servite House, Morecambe Close, Luton, LU4 0FH.

The telephone number for this office is 02032020355 and the internal extension is 5000. Email any queries to Luton@optivo.org.uk

Hospital Dining Room
The dining room is open at the following times

Breakfast 07.00-09.30
Lunch 12.00-14.00
Dinner 18.00-20.00

Luton and Dunstable Hospital Social Club
All members of staff are eligible to join the Social Club. Membership entitles you to use the bar, participate in social events and to enter any of the sub-sections within the club. These include; Squash, Badminton and Darts. There are also a variety of interests groups.

For more information and application forms please contact the Club Steward.

Please click here to view the local supermarkets and shopping centres.  Please click here to view Useful Contacts

There is always a 555 bleep holder on site. The bleep holders are senior nurses who take on the role in addition to their existing role. They work a three-shift pattern, starting the shifts at 07.15am, 14.30pm and 21.00pm; the handover period is 30 minutes. During their shifts there are a number of issues they may have to deal with. These include:

  • Managing beds out of hours. This includes weekends and evenings when the bed manager is no longer on site.
  • Attend some emergency calls.
  • Respond to fire calls as the site fire officer.
  • Provide nursing advice.
  • Deal with press and police.
  • Deal with bereaved relatives (by appointment only). This includes escorting relatives to the mortuary to view the deceased.
  • Deal with calls from switchboard, which may be of any nature, as 555 bleep holder provides a central point of contact for the hospital.
  • Report to the off-site general manager.
  • Deal with complaints.
  • Liaise with on call services.
  • Co-ordinate site staffing.
  • May help out with cannulation. At night may take bloods and cannulate by prior arrangement
  • Access the emergency drug cupboard.
  • Arrange escorts to other hospitals.
  • When contacted the 555 bleep holder will always respond but it may take a while for them to do so. Please be bear in mind the reason will be that that they are involved in other issues and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

As a group the bleep holders look forward to a healthy working relationship with all our colleagues.