external artist impression of the project once completed

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has embarked on a project to extend and refurbish the Emergency Department (ED) on the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) site.

It said the scheme will provide an improved patient, visitor and staff experience in the department and for those visiting the hospital through the main entrance.

Dr Georgie Kamaras, clinical director for ED at the L&D, said:

“The expansion and refurbishment of ED is a really welcomed project by the team. We are delighted to be able to improve our services for patients now, and in the future.”

The L&D was awarded £17m to support the national directive to expand urgent and emergency care departments as part of the COVID response.

The funding will support an increase in cubicle capacity, provide socially distant waiting space, and enable segregation of patient flows to support infection prevention and control. The Trust have allocated a further £2m to the scheme to provide additional CT imaging capacity.

The ED has over 300 attendees on most days and around 120 Urgent GP Centre attendees (also on the hospital site), the expansion of the department will provide enhanced capacity to support future service provision.

The entire scheme is due to complete in towards the end of 2022 and is part of the Trust’s vision to improve emergency access and ensure rapid review and earlier decision making.

Once complete, there will be a new A&E entrance, increased sized waiting area, a dedicated paediatric A&E, additional cubicles, CT imaging, triage, mental health assessment rooms and support space.

David Hartshorne, director of redevelopment, said:

“This is another really exciting redevelopment project for our Trust. Although there will be increased disruption and noise across the site, we are working extremely hard with our contractors, the local council and colleagues to ensure disruption to clinical services is kept to a minimum and that we remain mindful and considerate of local residents.

“However, we are asking patients and visitors to work with us as we work towards creating an improved hospital. Please do check our website before coming to the site.”

For more information on the Trust’s Redevelopment projects, please visit www.bedfordshirehospitals.nhs.uk/redevelopment.