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As the first NHS Foundation Trust in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire - and the best hospital in the East of England (CGC 2009) - our top priority is to offer the best possible patient experience - putting the patient first every time.
As the first hospital in England to be selected by the Health Foundation for our work on improving patient safety - an area in which we continue to excel - the L&D continues to be an agent for change by involving patients and FT members in re-desigining and improving our services.
During 2009-10 we continued to reduce our MRSA and C.diff infections helping us to retain our reputation as one of the safest hospitals in the country.
The L&D's reputation attracts top clinicians and specialists, together with some of the most experienced and caring nursing staff.
The maternity services at Bedford Hospital are located in Cygnet Wing, our dedicated Women and Children’s unit. Our skilled and professional midwifery and obstetric team seek to ensure that you have the best possible experience during your pregnancy, delivery and postnatal period.
More than 3,200 babies are delivered on an average each year. We take great pride in supporting individual choice and providing the highest standard of care for women and their families.
We are committed to meeting the Care Quality Commissions standards and encourage your active participation through feedback. At 36 weeks gestation you will be given a contact number by your community midwife. We would encourage you to respond to a few short questions via text to provide your feedback.
Here at Bedford we have a skilled and professional maternity team, consisting of:
Maternity Care Assistants
Operating Department Practitioners
Supervisors of Midwives
Clerical support staff
They all take pride in the standard and quality of care offered to women and their partners. As a teaching hospital, we also provide training places for medical students, student midwives and student nurses.
Early Childhood Partnership Bedford offers a full range of FREE services to expectant parents/carers and families with children up to the age of 5.
We are a medium sized district general hospital, serving Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. The hospital has approximately 400 inpatient beds, and provides a broad range of general medical and surgical services. We have a busy A&E Department that manages all medical, surgical and child health emergency admissions. As our local population grows, we continue to develop our facilities.
In addition to providing general acute services, Milton Keynes Hospital increasingly provides more specialist services, including cancer care, cardiology and oral surgery.
We have responsibility for treating premature babies born locally. Some of the babies we treat are born as early as 24 weeks old (16 weeks early), and weigh as little as 500 grams.
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of eye health services in the UK and a world-class centre of excellence for ophthalmic research and education. We have a reputation, developed over two centuries, for providing the highest quality of ophthalmic care. Our 1,800 staff are committed to sustaining and building on our pioneering legacy and ensuring we remain at the cutting edge of developments in ophthalmology.
With our partners at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, we are a national and international centre for research into eye conditions and treatments, leading one of the strongest and most extensive ophthalmic research programmes in the world. Together, we have one of the highest measures of scientific productivity and impact in the world for eye research activity.
Our A&E team offers accident and emergency treatment for urgent, sight-threatening problems and for issues that cannot wait for a routine appointment with your GP.
On arrival, you will be assessed by a nurse who will determine how serious your condition is and prioritise you for treatment accordingly. Sometimes, we’ll be able to treat your condition straight away, but sometimes we might decide to refer you to one of our more specialist services for further tests and treatments.
Please note that we are not a general A&E and can only help with eye conditions
The service provides nutrition and dietetic advice to children for a range of nutritional problems. The advice is provided in a 1:1 clinic setting or via the telephone (where appropriate), although there are occasions when home visits are provided. Most patients receive a half hour consultation with 1-2 follow up appointments. Children receiving home enteral tube feeding to meet their nutritional needs are provided with on-going telephone support and home visits (if required).
The children’s outpatient department is based in Cygnet Wing opposite adjacent to the entrance. The department runs routine outpatient clinics including specialty clinics in cardiology, respiratory medicine, oncology, diabetes, rheumatology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and dermatology.
Children under the age of 8 years old can only have a blood test by appointment in the paediatric department (Riverbank Unit) by a paediatric phlebotomist.
• We clinically assess, diagnose and manage a range of speech, language, communication, eating and drinking difficulties in children aged 0-19.
• Our service contributes to better outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families by optimizing their speech language and communication potential and helping them to achieve their potential educationally and socially.
• The Speech and Language (S and LT) Service works across the whole county providing help in both community and hospital settings. We treat children up to the age of 16 years (up to 19 years in special education), who have a difficulty with communication or swallowing.
• The Service is provided in a number of ways, depending on need. This may be e.g. individual or group treatment, parent/carer workshops and drop -in information clinics.
• The service also undertakes a role in providing training and specialist support to parents/carers and staff working with children and young people in schools, residential units and other settings. This enables parents/ carers and professionals involved with the child, to provide an appropriate level of support and input
• The service provides treatment via a range of methods. We provide training in children’s communication development for local authority preschool and educational settings. We train parents and carers in developing children’s speech and language development. We treat children in groups and individually, depending on their clinical need.
• We will treat and support a child for as long as our intervention is clinically indicated. Discharge will occur when objectives have been met. In children with long term conditions, on-going management of communication skills can often be undertaken by the family and/ or trained adults working with the child. Discharge is only undertaken with the knowledge and agreement of the family and other involved professionals. We accept re referrals for children known to the service, if re assessment and further advice is requested.
• On-going support is provided via training and advice for settings and schools and parents involved with the children on our caseload.
• We also have a public Facebook page for families and professionals to access. We aim to provide information and ideas for supporting speech, language and communication needs, as well as new research articles and training dates, where appropriate. To join in, search ‘Children’s Speech and Language Therapy in Luton and Bedfordshire’ or visit www.facebook.com/paedsltlutonbedfordshire.
PALS provides advice and support to help you resolve any queries, issues or concerns you or your loved one has with any aspect of services delivered by Bedford Hospital. We can:
help you to resolve problems or issues that you have about our hospital services;
listen to your comments, compliments or concerns about services provided in our hospital; and
give you information about the formal complaints process and independent advocacy services.