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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.
Riverbank Paediatric Unit is an acute paediatric unit which provides the following universally available services for children between the ages of 0-18:
• Acute children’s assessment unit which takes referrals from GPs, Emergency Department and also has an open access service for children with long term chronic conditions.
• Inpatient facility for the care of children with acute medical conditions.
• Nurse led ambulatory care (2 clinics per week) which delivers booked care on a day case basis.
• Children’s surgery including:
o General surgery
o Specialist orthopaedic surgery
o Trauma and orthopaedics
• Specialist nurse service including outreach service for:
Many of the children who regularly present to the unit have special educational needs. We have close links with the Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Parent Carer Forums.
The unit has a team of Play staff who will devise play and distraction suitable for a chaild’s developmental age.
There is a busy Paediatric outpatient service which is staffed by Registered Sick Children’s Nurses.
We have a philosophy of care closer to home and where possible we aim to get children in their own homes with the necessary supportive services as soon as possible.
From Autumn2014 the unit will have a full time Clinical Psychologist who will provide emotional and mental health support to children and young people with chronic and complex health needs.
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.
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.
The Bedford Wellbeing Centre offers:
At present Mind BLMK does not work with children. Minimum age is 18 years.
Someone to talk to, referral pathways to other organisations and information leaflets on issues affecting your wellbeing.
We will provide support to improve your wellbeing and mental health.
Review lifestyle: healthy diet, reduce alcohol, regular exercise and being assertive.
Wellbeing courses and support groups.
Social Inclusion, group activities, including Pyrography, Photography, Art, Cooking etc.