STP hospital merger
Luton and Dunstable Hospital and Bedford Hospital have announced that they have decided to formally collaborate through a proposed merger. This will bring the two hospitals together to manage specialties as a single set of services, but delivered at both hospital sites.
This important development is in line with the STP plans that were developed last year and which envisage all hospitals in the region coming together to design and deliver the best possible clinical and support services for local residents. As well as benefitting patients through better clinical models of care; bringing services together is also expected to deliver financial savings.
Hospital staff have been directly briefed about the proposed merger which could possibly take place as early as April 2018. However, this is subject to a formal approval process and there remains a great deal of work to do before any confirmed date can be given.
Milton Keynes University Hospital will continue to operate as an independent NHS Foundation Trust, working closely with the other two hospitals and with health and care partners in Milton Keynes and the wider STP. A further formal collaboration involving all three hospitals is likely to be considered in the future.
Whilst this work progresses, STP partners are continuing to develop new and improved ways of supporting and delivering community, primary and social care to the hundreds of thousands of people living in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.