Proposed Merger between Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital
The Trust Boards of Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) have agreed to explore plans to merge and form one NHS Trust, with effect from April 2018.
Under the single NHS Trust, both hospitals will retain their identity and individual hospital names. A&E, maternity and paediatrics services will remain on both sites, with clinical services from both hospitals working as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. This will bring many benefits for patients including much improved continuity of care.
Supporting the work programme of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) over the last 18 months, a merger would provide new and exciting opportunities for collaboration, and would be the driver to improve health and care services for all our patients across the whole of Bedfordshire.
On 19th December 2017 both Trust Boards unanimously approved the Full Business Case (FBC) for the proposed merger – you can view the public summary here. Since that time, discussions have been ongoing with national regulators about the revenue and capital requirements that will underpin our ability to realise the benefits of the merger proposal. Both Trusts have submitted capital bids that will support their plans to merge and expect to find out whether these have been successful in the Autumn. Subject to funding being available, the Trusts plan to merge and create a single NHS Foundation Trust no later than 1 April 2019.
In the meantime, the partnership approach established between Bedford and L&D Hospital continues and real progress has been made regarding future ways of working together. You can read more here.
Please click here to view our October 2017 update
September 2017: A summary of the Strategic Outline Case (SOC) for the proposed merger can be accessed here: Public Summary SOC.
You can also access some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the proposed merger here: FAQs for the Public
Becoming a Foundation Trust Member
As plans progress to merge Bedford Hospital with the L&D, we are looking to expand the Foundation Trust membership to include people from across the whole of Bedfordshire and surrounding counties. We want to ensure membership represents the populations both hospitals serve. Therefore we are encouraging all local residents to sign up to become a member to have their say in how their local hospital is run.
The recruitment of Foundation Trust members is also to ensure that we have the right representation across Bedfordshire in preparation for Governor Elections that will take place once the integrated Trust is formed. Foundation Trust membership is free and does bring with it some benefits, including a chance to shape services, access to very popular medical lectures and the option to stand as a Governor, so we would encourage you to sign up.
As the L&D Hospital is already a Foundation Trust and Bedford Hospital is currently not, initially people will be signed up to the L&D membership. However at the point of merger, membership will be automatically transferred across to the new integrated Trust.
You can also download the FT membership leaflet here: FT Membership Leaflets You can complete the form to sign up as a member then send back to the Freepost address on the leaflet.
New Name for the integrated Trust
Both hospital sites will retain their individual identity and the integrated NHS Foundation Trust will have a new name. We envisage that, as in the case of Addenbrooke’s which is officially called Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT, Bedford Hospital and the L&D will continue to be known by these names to their local communities.
Following engagement with staff, public and stakeholders, the new name of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was unanimously supported by both Trust Boards in February 2018. Please click here to view the summary of feedback.
Public Information Events
Many thanks to all that attended one of the Public Information Events held in November. For those who were unable to make these events, you can find the presentation slides used at each event here for your reference: Public events_Nov17_CBeds2
The opportunities the merger presents are considerable and we will endeavour to keep you updated about progress on a regular basis. If you would like to be added to our database to receive future updates and details on future events, or you have any additional queries or would like to discuss anything in person, please feel free to contact us via email@example.com or call 07393265135.