Update on Bedfordshire hospitals merger

There has been significant progress in the exploration of a merger between Bedford Hospital and Luton & Dunstable University Hospital (L&D).

Work has begun to develop the Full Business Case (FBC) for the proposed merger which will ultimately be submitted for national approval.

Patients, staff and representative groups from both hospitals are being engaged throughout the process and staff will play a key part in developing and shaping the FBC content. Through working together, staff will be able to identify opportunities arising from single management and integrated teams.

Given that the merger of two Trusts is a relatively rare event, it is essential that independent and specialist skills are brought in to assist with this highly scrutinised and challenging process, and PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) have been appointed to assist.

The goal is to ensure that the business case clearly demonstrates the clinical and patient benefits as well as anticipated financial efficiencies.

A ‘blended’ team of PwC and the hospitals’ staff will provide the best chance of achieving the aim of establishing a Joint Board and single organisation by April 2018.

The FBC will be submitted in December 2017 for formal approval under the NHS Improvement Approval Process. Information about the proposed merger can be found on both hospital websites – www.ldh.nhs.uk and www.bedfordhospital.nhs.uk.

Want to find out more?

Information events have been planned for people to find out more about the plans to provide an integrated service for the people of Bedfordshire and beyond.

  • Thursday 23 November  from 11am – 12pm at the Social Club, L&D Hospital LU4 0DZ
  • Friday 24 November from 3pm – 4pm at the Lecture Theatre, Bedford Hospital MK42 9DJ
  • Wednesday 29 November from 6pm – 7pm at the Lockyer Suite, Rufus Centre, Flitwick MK45 1AH

To confirm your attendance, please email or call 07504 109272.