The Department of Health announced on Monday 5 August that it had approved £99.5m in capital funding to build a new Acute Services Block on the hospital site.
We were delighted to welcome the Minister of State for Health, Chris Skidmore MP, to the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital on 8 August where he met staff from across the hospital, visited A&E and toured some of the clinical services which will benefit from the recent capital funding announcement by the Department of Health.
The visit included a private round-table discussion with a cross-section of clinical staff, a visit to A&E and the Control Room, and a tour of HDU, Theatres and Maternity.
He said: “Thank you so much for a memorable visit. It was great to see the enthusiasm for the new £99.5m investment in the new build but also the commitment of management and staff with a clear vision for the future.”
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.