North Bedford Primary Care Hub/Community Diagnostic Centre
We have appointed a contractor to commence the exciting project of transforming the Bedford North Wing site into a one-stop shop for primary and secondary care that will improve access to healthcare and diagnostics for our patients in modern facilities, while reducing the pressure on our hospital sites.
We are creating a community diagnostic centre at Gilbert Hitchcock House (a building owned by the Trust) and this will deliver therapy services, phlebotomy, and a number of diagnostic services including MRI, CT, ultrasound, x-ray and cardiology, amongst others. The new facilities will allow patients to access planned diagnostic care nearer to home without the need to attend our hospital sites, taking some pressure off our acute hospitals and allowing us to focus resources on the emergency cases coming through our doors.
The project will also deliver a primary care hub in the Enhanced Services Centre (ESC) which will see the co-location of the De Parys GP practices and a number of community services that we hope will ensure patients have improved access to high-quality primary care services.
Our enabling works are ongoing in Rye Close to support the move of Moorfields eye services to the South Wing Site at Bedford Hospital from the ESC.
We hope to complete this project by spring 2025.