Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is a 403 bed, high performing acute district general hospital committed to providing a caring and safe environment for our patients and staff. The Trust provides a range of services to over 270,000 people living predominantly in north and mid Bedfordshire and is the vascular hub for the county.
Bedford Hospital has earned a reputation for the high quality of its services. The Trust has been named as one of the ‘top 40’ hospitals for eight successive years by the independent data analyst CHKS, was rated 'good' in this year's PEAT (Patient Environment Action Teams) assessment by the NPSA and was given a 'good' rating for quality of services by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The Trust consistently scores well in the annual Dr Foster Good Hospital guide and has won many prestigious awards for the quality of food, cleanliness and operational performance.
Bedford Hospital has over 2000 members of staff and a current turnover of approximately £121.2million. The hospital enjoys strong community support with over 200 volunteers at the Trust and over £6 million being raised by the independent Bedford Hospitals Charity over the past 10 years. The fantastic support from the hospital charity has enabled the Trust to build a dedicated cancer centre, the Primrose unit, the women's and children's services wing: Cygnet wing and a new midwife led birthing unit called the Acorn Suite'.
The Trust’s ethos is ‘ every patient matters’, and its vision is to provide patient focused high quality acute hospital care to meet the needs of our local community and is constantly working with staff to find new ways of working to ensure that this vision is achieved.
Bedford Hospital is a forward thinking Trust and is always looking for new ways to upgrade and improve the services it offers. The Trust is currently mid way through its Foundation Trust application process. Becoming a Foundation Trust will mean that Bedford Hospital will gain freedom from central government control and instead will become accountable to its staff, its patients and its local community. Please click on the link below to find out more about the Foundation Trust application.
The Trust's planned capital spend over the next five years is £38.5 million and it will be investing in a number of service developments to respond to the changing needs of the local community. Recent developments include:
To find out more about Bedford Hospital's performance and to see feedback from our patients, please visit our NHS Choices page.