Primary Care Centre for Bedford Hospital Announced
May 15, 2018
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has announced exciting plans for a state-of-the-art Primary Care Centre on the Bedford Hospital site that will offer improved GP access for patients and help reduce avoidable visits to the Accident and Emergency Department.
The new Primary Care Centre will be based in the Cauldwell Medical Centre and will include a GP practice and an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) that will support the hospital’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department.
The UTC will be operated by Bedford Hospital NHS Trust in partnership with primary care and will offer same-day appointments over a 12 hour day, seven days a week; with appointments being made by referral from the Trust’s A&E team or the NHS 111 system.
It will allow the streaming of patients with minor illnesses from the Trust’s A&E department, ensuring that patients receive the right care, by the right healthcare professional, in the right place.
There will also be an additional on-site GP practice that will have space for up to ten GPs as well as a treatment room for minor procedures.
The Primary Care Centre is scheduled to be operational by the beginning of October 2018.
Stephen Conroy, chief executive, said “The Primary Care Centre is an exciting opportunity that will help us to provide more joined up care to the people of Bedfordshire. By having a GP surgery and Urgent Treatment on a hospital site it gives patients the opportunities to easily access a full range of NHS services in a single location.
“The development will also help provide much needed support to our Accident and Emergency Department as we can stream patients who arrive suffering from minor illnesses to a more suitable environment which will allow emergency staff to use their specialist skills to treat our most critically ill patients.”