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Urgent Patient Notice: Paediatric Phlebotomy Service Temporary Closure

April 18, 2019

Our Paediatric Phlebotomy Service will unfortunately be closed on 24th and 25th April. Services will resume to normal on 29th April whereby we are open Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 4.15pm. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note, our Adult Phlebotomy Service will be open as normal.

Important Notice: Main hospital telephone number unavailable between 4pm and 5.30pm on 13 April

April 10, 2019

On Saturday 13 April we will have a planned loss of our main Hospital number, 01234 355122, and all Direct Dials between 4pm and 5.30pm. This means you will not be able to contact the hospital on the usual numbers. During this time please contact the Hospital Switchboard on 01234 327427 who will put you through

New Director of Nursing and Patient Services at Bedford Hospital

April 3, 2019

Deirdre Fowler has been seconded as Director of Nursing and Patient Services at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust. She succeeds Liz Lees who has been covering this role since April 2018 across both Bedford and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. Deirdre was the Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust and

URGENT VISITOR/PATIENT NOTICE – hospital currently very busy

April 1, 2019

URGENT VISITOR/PATIENT NOTICE – The hospital is currently very busy. Our A&E Unit are prioritising patients with medical emergencies and in order of clinical need. For all minor injuries and minor illnesses please contact your GP surgery or dial NHS 111 in the first instance.

First wave of trainees set to become qualified Nursing Associates!

March 25, 2019

A national pilot designed to train a new generation of frontline nursing staff has been successful as the first wave of recruits are set to become qualified Nursing Associates. The Nursing Associate is a new member of the nursing family and part of the plan to expand and diversify the NHS workforce. The trainees have

Bedford Hospital goes Smoke-free

March 22, 2019

As of 1 April, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust will become smoke-free. This means that all staff, patients and visitors are not allowed to smoke (this includes tobacco products and e-cigarettes / vapes) anywhere on the hospital grounds – both at South Wing and Gilbert Hitchcock House on Kimbolton Road. The smoking shelter near to the

Bedford Hospital changes its staff training after Alex Skeel case

February 25, 2019

Following the recent case of Alex Skeel, a victim of domestic violence, Bedford Hospital has changed the delivery of staff training on Domestic Abuse to place more focus on recognising signs within male victims who may present to the hospital. Claire Knight is an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) at Victim Support Charity and is

Update following fire at Bedford Health Village

January 4, 2019

Following last night’s fire at a vacant building on the Bedford Health Village site all Bedford Hospital NHS Trust Services at Gilbert Hitchcock House will run as normal, with no appointments cancelled. However, all Moorfields appointments scheduled for today at the Enhanced Services Centre (ESC) in Bedford Health Village will now take place at the

Four New Year babies at Bedford Hospital

January 2, 2019

Bedford Hospital midwives were delighted to welcome the arrival of four babies born on New Year’s Day 2019. All were baby boys to start the New Year! One of the beautiful bundles of joy and the first to arrive on New Year’s Day was Drashya, a baby boy born at 12.37am weighing in at 6Ibs

Temporary closure of Hydrotherapy pool at Gilbert Hitchcock House

December 24, 2018

Bedford Hospital has taken the decision to temporarily close the hydro-therapy pool at Gilbert Hitchcock House. Due to the age of the pool, there have been a significant number of breakdowns over the past year which has prevented the Trust from providing a consistent level of care to our patients. As a consequence to this,