Bedford Hospital NHS Trust launches three-year plan

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Bedford Hospital three-year-plan
Bedford Hospital's three-year plan

Bedford Hospital has said they’re prioritising shorter stays in hospital, revolutionary digital transformation and significant investment as part of a three-year plan launched this week.

The plans were announced as Stephen Conroy, CEO of Bedford Hospital complained about the lack of action from the Government over the proposed merger with Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

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Stephen says the three-year plan will see significant improvements at the South Wing site which will enable “the Trust’s vision to provide excellent hospital and integrated care services to the people of Bedfordshire.”

These include:

  • Upgrading two theatres and day surgery (subject to Capital Funding)
  • Development to children’s A&E
  • A brand new Learning and Education centre
  • Moving the Trust toward full digitisation for what they say will be a “quality assured future, aligned with providing safe, effective and personalised care for every patient, every time.”
  • Development of more ambulatory services, such as same day emergency care, so patients can return home more quickly.
  • Investment and increased focus on strengthening and developing their workforce as well as focussing on recruitment within A&E, Maternity and Paediatrics
  • Developing new staff roles and a strong leadership culture, including modernising the learning and education environment for staff, students and volunteers

While the plan does say some of these are dependent on central funding, they add that this is also with the aim to achieve a ‘Good’ CQC rating upon the next inspection.

Stephen Conroy, Chief Executive of Bedford Hospital said, “The demand for care locally is increasing as the population grows with patient’s needs becoming more complex to manage. Our Plan outlines how we will address the significant challenges and improve our local health service”.

And the plans have been welcomed.

“Its new 3 year plan sets out a positive vision for the hospital, with a focus on the need to develop and improve services. I will keep working with the hospital in its pursuit of the highest standards care for local people, ” said Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson.

And, MP for North Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, agrees: “The significant investments to South Wing will be good news for constituents, and also for staff who deserve the best of facilities to perform their work on our behalf.

“New technology will also make a difference, and I also welcome the emphasis on staff training and development.”

On the subject of staffing, Stephen added: “We have a fantastic workforce, have a strong track record in patient safety and quality and are a well led Trust; we want to maintain and build upon this.

“Our Three Year Plan outlines our commitment to invest in our high skilled and caring staff and students so that we are consistently attracting and retaining the best workforce and harnessing the talent of future healthcare leaders.”

You can read the full plan at the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust website.