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Operating Theatres

Bedford operating theatres department is an innovative and forward looking department comprising of eight operating theatres, covering a comprehensive range of surgical specialties.

This department provides excellent surgical facilities for patients 24 hours a day. It employs in excess of 100 staff across the eight theatres, in two different locations within the hospital.

The operating theatres department pride themselves on delivering high quality of care in a clean and friendly environment, delivered by teams with a vast range of expertise, for each speciality. All members of the team understand that you may be anxious or nervous prior to an operation and will do all that they can to put the you at ease.

Last year almost 10,725 operations were performed including both in-patient and day surgery patients. The Trust is aiming to increase the number of day case operations, allowing patients to return home the same day.


  • General Surgery, includes urology, breast and vascular surgery;
  • Trauma and orthopaedics;
  • Oral maxillofacial;
  • Ear, nose and throat;
  • Ophthalmology;
  • Plastic surgery and laser treatment.

Bedford hospital is the county hub for vascular surgery and recieves all vascular surgical patients including emergencies.

The department comprises of eight theatres and a recovery unit and works closely with the day surgery unit on Tavistock ward, which also has an admissions lounge for inpatients admitted on the day of surgery. This is positioned on the same floor for easy access.




Within each surgical speciality there is a team comprising of theatre staff, operating department practitioners, nurses and theatre assistants all of whom are also supported by the sterile services staff, theatre porters and theatre administrators. These support teams work closely with the surgeons and anaesthetists to ensure the best possible quality of care for patients.

There is also a close working relationship with the critical care complex which is situated in the theatre area for those patients requiring intensive care post-operatively. This unit has a separate team of specialist nurses and anaesthetists.

Cancelling your appointment


We understand that sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise meaning that you have to change the date of your procedure. If this is the case, please contact the admissions office by telephoning 01234 355 122 as soon as possible. This will enable us to re-book your appointment within the given timeframes.