12th February 2019
The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) were delighted to welcome Stephen Hammond MP to the hospital to talk to staff and for a tour of the Emergency Department and Control Room.
Stephen was appointed as Minister of State in the Department of Health and Social Care last November and he was keen to talk to staff on the front line about their experiences of working in the NHS and more specifically the L&D. He met staff from different departments including a junior doctor, a pharmacist and an HCA before going into the Emergency Department to see firsthand how they managed the constant flow of patients coming into the hospital.
He then visited the control room to see how the L&D manages the flow of patients around the hospital and spoke to a member of the Integrated Discharge Team about how they work with other organisations to ensure patients can be discharged from the hospital as soon as they are medically fit.
Health Minister, Stephen Hammond said “Hardworking staff are the backbone of the NHS, so I was honoured to meet frontline staff at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital to hear how their culture of teamwork helps deliver the best possible care for patients, as well as making it a great place to work by creating a real sense of camaraderie.
“The NHS Long Term Plan, backed by an extra £20.5 billion a year by 2023/24, will relieve pressure on our hospitals and improve patient care, and I was eager to listen to the experiences of nurses and pharmacists at the Trust to understand their priorities as the NHS begins to implement the plan.”
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.