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Progress at Bedford

Expansion and refurbishment of existing space

The first phase of the ED upgrades completed in early 2022. This delivered nine additional beds in Victoria Ward, two extra paediatric cubicles, a two-storey extension, two larger adult waiting areas and new reception. The former reception was converted to provide an isolation room, treatment rooms and a mental health room. The final part of phase one saw a dedicated secure paediatric ED and a new minors treatment area.

Extension to improve staff facilities and enable expansion of imaging provision

The Trust was successful in obtaining a further £750k to support the next phase of the project; a first floor extension to the new ED entrance which will improve staff facilities and enable expansion of the imaging provision within ED.
This provides Bedford ED staff with a much needed new and improved staff area – including shower and changing facilities, a staff rest area, multiple meeting rooms, a seminar room and hot desking solutions.

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The next step is the commission of a CT scanner into the department. This will take place once work to update our electrical infrastructure has been completed.

CT scanner within the department

The final phase of our Emergency Department upgrade at Bedford is now complete. This exciting project saw the installation of a state of the art CT scanner located within the Emergency Department, allowing for rapid diagnostics and improve patient experience.

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A huge thank you to Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends and Bedfordshire Charitable Trust who have supported the funding of the CT scanner and for the generous donation in memory of Clifton Ibbett OBE. We are pleased to acknowledge this incredible generosity by naming the new CT facility ‘The Clifton Ibbett Suite’.