The long term future of Bedford Hospital will hopefully be secured by the merger planned with Luton and Dunstable Hospital (L&D) so that the two can share specialties, consultants etc where appropriate. To enable the merger to take place requires Bedford Hospital to establish a Trust similar to that operational at the L&D as the legal mechanism required to move forward.
Bedford Hospital now needs residents of Bedfordshire to sign up as members of it to support it becoming a Foundation Trust. This does NOT require attendance at meetings or making any financial contribution by way of membership fee etc. It does mean that you will get an opportunity to be involved and to vote (if over 16) for the Governors who will be appointed in due course, should you wish to do so.
Bedford Hospital needs to have as many members as possible to ensure that it has an equal voice with the members of the existing Trust at the L&D as the two Trusts combine and move forward. The highest possible number of members is needed to make sure that a financial case for the merger can be made so, in turn, securing Bedford Hospital’s future. The L&D Hospital Trust has some 10,000 members at present and it would be ideal to get as close to this figure as possible to give Bedford Hospital a strong voice in the new combined Trust ‘pot’.
If you agree the need to retain a full set of services at Bedford Hospital - A&E; Maternity and Paediatrics have all been under threat in recent years - then please sign up online by following the link:
Please note the database is being hosted on the L&D website as that is established and so saves costs. Any new members signing up from the Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council administrative areas together with those from adjacent villages and parishes will be held on the new Bedford Hospital Members database.
If you would like more detailed information, please follow this link: