“Luton is simply the best” – this is what the BBC had to say about the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) recently when it published an analysis of its NHS Tracker project since its launch nearly two years ago.
The BBC NHS Tracker provides the public with up-to-date-information about waiting times for accident and emergency units, cancer and routine operations, wherever they live in the UK.
The article singled out the L&D for its exceptional performance being “the only service to consistently meet the A&E and cancer targets – in fact, during the length of the tracker project, it has never missed either. And latest figures show it is a whisker away from hitting the 18-week target for routine operations, such as knee and hip replacements.”
It went on: “Luton has undoubtedly introduced a number of measures that have worked – and are being followed by others. The trust was at the forefront of putting GPs into A&E, which is now a national policy as it helps deal with patients who arrive with fairly minor ailments.
“It also has a state-of-the-art operations centres – fully digitalised – that allows managers to monitor which beds are occupied and how long patients have been waiting.”
You can read the full article here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48624554
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 we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
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.