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Syringe in the sink at Bedford A&E department. Image David Williamson
A spokesperson for Bedford Hospital has apologised to a patient after they were pricked by a discarded syringe in a hand basin. David Williamson was visiting Bedford on Tuesday (2 April) when he was taken ill...
A scheduled strike involving Healthcare Assistants at Bedford Hospital and Luton & Dunstable Hospital has been called off. Healthcare Assistants at Bedford Hospital have...
Bedford Renal Unit. Image: Google Maps image capture July 2016 ©Google
Bedford and Kempston MP, Mohammad Yasin, has urged Rishi Sunak to "commit all necessary resources" to reopening Bedford Renal Unit, which shut on 6 March. In Prime Minister’s Questions...
Bedford Hospital North Wing / Gilbert Hitchcock House on Kimbolton Road (image: Google, Streetview November 2020)
Bedford Borough Council has confirmed that work is due to start "imminently" to create the new £24 million Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) and Primary Care Facilities at Bedford North Wing...
Bedford Hospital needs a multi-storey car park before East West Rail rebuilds St Johns station, a meeting heard. The borough council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (4 March) was told that the...
Christie Turner the Beford barber looking to cut mental health issues in men
A Bedford barber is on a mission to support men struggling with anxiety, depression and stress, and cut the stigma around men's mental health issues. Christie Turner...
Mother and baby-2
Child deaths in Bedfordshire rose to 65 between April 2022 and the end of March last year, a rise of 44% since 2020/21 according to a new report. In the last 12 months, there were 45 expected deaths and...
mother baby maternity family health
New data from the Office for National Statistics has shown a Bedfordian born in 2020/22 isn’t predicted to live as long as someone born in 2012/14.
The union UNISON has confirmed that hundreds of health staff at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will take strike action in March in a dispute over pay. More than 400 workers at...
The recently elected MP for Mid Bedfordshire, Alistair Strathern (Labour), has brought together a group of key decision-makers and residents to finally deliver a GP surgery in Wixams...
Bedfordshire Hospital Trust has blamed its "ageing estate" for one of the highest rises in the cost of high-risk repairs backlog in England, with a 161% increase year on year. High-risk repairs are those which must...
Melanie Banks, Director of Redevelopment, Mohammad Yasin, MP for Bedford & Kempston and Richard Sumray, Chair of Bedfordshire Hospitals. Image: the office of Mohammad Yasin
A £23 million development at Gilbert Hitchcock House will create a new much-needed health hub at Bedford Hospital’s North Wing. The project will deliver a primary care hub in the Enhanced Services Centre...