The department of anaesthetics provides anaesthetic services for a variety of surgical specialities, obstetrics, diagnostic procedures and some medical procedures. This includes providing a twenty-four hour emergency theatre service and a twenty-four hour obstetric anaesthesia service. The department supports the nurse provided pre-assessment service. There are several high risk pre-anaesthetic assessment clinics including a general clinic, obstetric clinic and paediatric clinic. There is also a dedicated bariatric anaesthesia clinic. The department provides an acute pain service for inpatients. Other services which come under the department are the Chronic Pain service and the Critical Care service.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.