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Bedford Hospital NHS Trust hits A&E target despite exceptional pressure on service

April 13, 2016

More than 95 per cent of patients attending accident and emergency at Bedford Hospital in 2015/16 were seen, treated, admitted or discharged within four hours. This is one of the government’s key access targets and a patient right within the NHS Constitution. It is expected that only a small number of acute trusts in the

Plans placed to keep patients safe during junior doctors’ strike

April 5, 2016

Plans are in place at Bedford Hospital to keep patients safe ahead of the junior doctors’ strike planned for 6 and 7 April. The hospital has over 100 junior doctors working across both South and North Wings that work on various rotas over a wide range of specialities. On days during strike action, the hospital

Children on Riverbank Ward at Bedford Hospital have a hopping good Easter

March 29, 2016

It is always heartening to see the local community coming together to make younger patients feel special during the holidays, and thanks to the generosity of two independent groups of  Bedfordians the children on Riverbank Ward at Bedford Hospital had a hopping good Easter, with special treats being delivered two days in a row. On

Bedford medical director seconded to university hospital

March 22, 2016

Bedford hospital is pleased to announce the secondment of its executive medical director, Colette Marshall, to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) from 1 April 2016. The secondment, as deputy medical director, will support Colette’s continuing development in medical management by placing her in one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the

Bedford Hospital is prepared for junior doctor strike action

March 9, 2016

Plans are in place at Bedford Hospital to keep patients safe during junior doctor strike action on 9-11 March 2016. On days during strike action, the hospital has announced that whilst many hospital services will be unaffected, some non-urgent planned operations and appointments may have to be re-arranged in order to ensure vital urgent care services are

Hospital’s health and safety accreditation puts it at the forefront of acute trusts

March 9, 2016

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust attended an awards ceremony to receive an occupational health and safety accreditation from the British Standards Institute (BSI). The hospital is the only NHS acute trust in the country to have achieved the esteemed BSI OHSAS18001 accreditation, putting it at the forefront of occupational health and safety. The accreditation was achieved after

Monthly Trust Board Update

March 7, 2016

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust held its monthly public board meeting last week. The board, attended by executive directors and non-executive directors receives papers under the following strategic areas: Strategic issues Patient safety and experience Performance and assurance Patient safety and experience Quality report The trust’s mortality figures are at the lowest reported rate for the

Bedfordshire shines at national patient experience awards

March 3, 2016

Two Bedfordshire organisations have had success at the Patient Experience Network National Awards held in Birmingham on Wednesday 2 March.   Carers in Bedfordshire’s Carers’ Lounge at Bedford Hospital, won the category of Support for Caregivers, Friends and Family, while Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) was runner-up in Commissioning for Patient Experience with their project

Hospital rated amongst the best in the country

February 25, 2016

Bedford hospital has been rated 12th in the country for staff engagement and in the top 20% of acute trusts for the majority of other areas according to the NHS staff survey results published on Tuesday. The hospital’s score for staff engagement and motivation scored highly against other acute trusts in the surrounding area. The

Hospital manages busiest day for A&E

February 24, 2016

Bedford hospital managed the busiest day in its history on Monday when 246 patients arrived at A&E. The hospital is facing continuing high attendances with ever increasing acuity of patients and has continued to face these challenges on a daily basis without turning patients away.   For patients who are ill, the first line of