“We are delighted to announce that we have received confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Care that £99.5m of capital funding has been approved which is fantastic news for our patients.
“Cathy Jones, Deputy Chief Executive at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital said, “This means we can proceed at pace with the delivery of a new 5 storey acute services block at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) to enable urgent replacement of some of the site’s most outdated estate. This will make a real difference to patient and staff experience by delivering new facilities for critical care, maternity services, the level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and operating theatres”.
“Importantly, we now have the funding in place to realise the benefits of the planned merger between Bedford Hospital and the L&D, and are able to plan for long-term investment on both sites.
“Stephen Conroy, Chief Executive at Bedford Hospital said, “This is wonderful news for patients and staff in Bedfordshire and Luton and allows for planning for the merger of the two hospitals to progress including the implementation of Bedford Hospital’s Three Year Plan.”
“This much-needed investment in the local area is welcomed by both Trusts, and supports our ambition to continue to provide the best possible care to our diverse communities at a time of rapid housing and population growth and increasing demand for health services.
“We will update all stakeholders with news as our plans develop over the coming months.”
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.