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About Bedford Hospital

Trust Profile

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust was established more than 200 years ago to provide hospital services to local residents. It became an NHS Trust on 1 November 1991.

It is a district general hospital providing consultant led 24-hour accident and emergency services, acute medicine, maternity, paediatrics and a range of surgical specialties. The hospital has approximately 400 inpatient beds of which 34 are maternity and 10 are critical care, plus 28 day-case beds within the hospital. The hospital provides a full range of district general hospital services.

The Trust is a member of a number of well-developed clinical networks across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, including the East of England cancer, cardiac and stroke networks. It is an arterial hub for vascular services (commissioned by NHS England) and part of the Beds, Herts and Bucks Maxillofacial Network.

In addition there are strong existing clinical networks with Addenbrooke’s (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) for cancer, paediatrics, neurology and Otoneurology (ENT). There are network arrangements with the Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for stroke and head and neck cancers, and Northampton General Hospital for plastics. Pathology services are provided by Viapath, and Ophthalmology is sub-contracted to Moorfields Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Medical education links are primarily with the University of Cambridge, which continue to develop. Nursing, midwifery and allied professionals students are provided with the University of Bedfordshire and given the historical and geographical links this relationship allows the Trust to work closely with the university to design innovative healthcare roles for the future workforce.

The majority of the Trust’s services are provided from its premises at the South Wing site, Kempston Road, Bedford. A small number of clinical services are delivered from Gilbert Hitchcock House (North Wing), Kimbolton Road, Bedford.

Clinical Services

The Trust provides a full range of acute services, with beds for Care of the Elderly, ENT, General Medicine, General Surgery, Gynaecology, Neonatal, Obstetrics, Oncology, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Vascular Surgery, Breast Surgery and Urology.

There is a full Level 2 A&E Department, with a recently opened Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit. The Critical Care Complex provides both High Dependency and Intensive Care beds to a maximum capacity of 12 beds. Other clinical services include Cardiology, with pacing facilities in the coronary care unit; Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, including a Laser Treatment Centre.

The Radiology Department has one digital fluoroscopy room for barium and MSK work, ultrasound, digital mammography, DEXA scanning, a twin headed gamma camera, two multislice CT scanners and two 1.5 Tesla MRI scanners (including MRA). PACS went live in June 2007 and the hospital is now ‘film less’. Theatre 8 was redeveloped in 2010 as a vascular/interventional suite.

There are 9 operating theatres complemented by a full anaesthetic service and a consultant led pain service. Two theatres are fitted with ultra clean air ventilation systems, mainly for orthopaedic surgery. One theatre has recently been commissioned and equipped as a laparoscopic theatre with built in screens and multi-functional lighting. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Endoscopy patients are treated in their own specialist units. The Ophthalmology service is now managed within the Trust’s facilities by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Some major enhancements to our patient care;

  • Primrose Centre for cancer patients opened at the end of 2003 and was recently redeveloped / extended (2016) following major fundraising by Bedford Hospital’s Charity, together with Macmillan Cancer Relief.
  • A dedicated state of the art Endoscopy Unit opened in 2015 following £4m investment; the trust is the local bowel screening centre and the Unit has received full J.A.G accreditation.
  • A Surgical Assessment Unit opened in 2012, receiving both A&E and GP referrals to general, vascular, urology and ENT surgery.
  • Harpur and Elizabeth Wards provide purpose designed dementia friendly facilities and have been recognised with national awards.
  • £7m redevelopment of Pathology Services was completed in January 2006. This laboratory building incorporates Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Chemical Pathology, Microbiology, Histopathology, Cytopathology and a Mortuary. The laboratory services are run by GSTS.
  • The Pharmacy department was recently redeveloped including the installation of a high specification robot.

There are strong existing clinical networks with Addenbrooke’s, for cancer, paediatrics, neurology, otoneurology (ENT), haematology and interventional. The trust supplies PCI (pertucaneous coronary intervention) services to Milton Keynes hospital. There are also network arrangements with the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for stroke, head and neck cancers and bowel cancer screening (Bedford is the hub for this service). . Pathology services are provided by Viapath, a partnership with Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Ophthalmology is sub-contracted to Moorfields Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Gilbert Hitchcock House (known as North Wing) is located 2 miles north and provides Rehabilitation facilities as well as supporting a number of specialist clinics. Acute and Old

Age Psychiatry services are provided by the East London Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Management Structure

The Trust’s clinical services are managed in three divisions by Divisional Medical Directors and Associate/Divisional Directors: Planned Care – all Surgery and Anaesthetics, Women and Children’s, and Integrated Medicine, All medical specialities, Radiology, Pathologies.

For more information on the Trust Board and its members please click here.