We have reviewed our current visiting restrictions at Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, and listened to the views of our patients and our staff. We are also mindful of the impact that Covid-19 continues to have on communities across Bedford and Luton and, having taken all issues into consideration, we have made the decision to keep our current restrictions in place for a little while longer.
This has not been an easy decision for us to make and we know that some of our patients and their loved ones will be disappointed. However, our priority is to keep our patients and staff safe and not having visitors on-site at the present time will help us to do this.
We appreciate the support we have received from the local community and want to assure you all that we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our hospital as soon as it is safe for us and them to do so.
We understand there may be upsetting or difficult circumstances when patients may be at the end of their life, and we will do all we can to support relatives to visit in such circumstances. Any such arrangements will be agreed by the nurse in charge and are at the discretion of the particular ward area.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable University 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 both our hospitals changes are being made to support services, and we would now ask that you contact the wards using the direct lines found here for Bedford and here for Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.