Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Luton and Dunstable

‘Our hospital needs to double in size’, says trust


Trust leaders say their main acute hospital needs to double in size to meet modern standards, as part of a £2.5bn investment needed across their estates.


ICB warned of ‘large financial risk’ from HCA wage claim


NHS organisations across Surrey are to review healthcare assistants’ pay in the face of potential strike action at one trust.

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Strikes spread to more trusts over backpay dispute


Strike action by healthcare assistants looks set to spread to more trusts, having so far been confined to the North West region.

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Trusts ‘unlock radical ambitions’ with move to same EPR


More than half of the acute trusts in a single region are set to move to the same electronic patient record system, a shift one of their CIOs described as a “serendipitous” opportunity for sharing staff and other resources.

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Stiffer stroke target introduced – despite failure to meet old standard


The failure of trusts to offer stroke patients the level of rehab required by standards introduced 10 years ago has not prevented the publication of new guidance which demands even higher performance.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

‘Very high’ DNA rates caused by IT failures, trust discovers


An acute trust has discovered an IT issue which appears to have led to “very high” numbers of patients not turning up for their appointments.


Waiting times got worse at trusts that dropped A&E target


Trusts trialling NHS England’s new A&E metrics reported worse average waiting times for admitted patients than those which stayed on the four-hour target, an HSJ analysis suggests.

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Revealed: NHS England’s list of trusts with worst elective and cancer problems


Almost a third of acute trusts have been identified by NHS England as being ‘at risk’ of missing key targets for electives and cancer recovery, with some facing ‘periodic calls between ministers and CEOs’, HSJ can reveal.


Trusts failing on waiting list ask told to ‘get act together’


Trusts have been told to ‘get their act together’ on health inequalities, after HSJ research suggested only a small minority have so far published data on disparities in waiting times between different patient groups.


Lassa fever case sparks ‘major incident’ across region’s NHS


The East of England region has declared a major incident due to a case of Lassa fever at a major teaching hospital knocking out significant critical care capacity, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust identified as an 'alarm outlier' by national surgery review


A district general hospital has been branded an “alarm outlier” due to higher-than-average death rates for a major abdominal surgery.


Trust complains of ‘very harsh’ exclusion from national costing report


Fourteen trusts have had their financial data excluded from a national survey of spending due to accounting errors, in a process that one described as ‘very harsh’.


Revealed: Trusts pay £15m to Serco in fallout from pathology deal


Two trusts have paid an outsourcing firm £15m to leave the joint venture which has provided their pathology services over the last 10 years, HSJ  can reveal.

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‘Medically fit’ patients caught covid while waiting for discharge, trust admits


A hospital trust has admitted that ‘medically fit’ patients caught covid on its wards while waiting to be discharged, with some of the cases under investigation.

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ICS criticised for ‘poor relationships’ and NHS leaders ‘jumping to Stevens’ commands’


A review of a health system deemed to be among the most advanced in terms of partnership working has discovered poor relationships and a lack of trust between partners.

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Third of region’s ICUs exceed ‘maximum safe capacity’


More than a third of critical care units in the East of England are either at or have exceeded their maximum surge capacity, information leaked to HSJ reveals, and all but one are above their normal capacity.

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Covid infections caught in hospital rise by a third in one week


The number of people likely to have caught covid-19 in NHS hospitals in England has risen by more than a third in the last week.

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Patients eight times more likely to die following major surgery at outlier hospitals


Death rates for a major emergency abdominal surgery are almost eight times higher at some outlier hospitals compared with top performers, a national report has found.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year


The Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) programme is a psycho-educational intervention for young people (age 14-20 years) with type 1 diabetes, co-developed by young people and co-delivered by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, youth workers and peer educators.


Revealed: The trusts with the biggest drop in referrals


Referrals for treatment fell by 70 per cent during covid-19 lockdown, new data has shown.