Bedford Hospital has been awarded £1.5 million pounds of investment from NHS England to improve GP access for local people and support urgent care at their A&E.
The funding was announced last week as part of £325 million of investment NHS England is making in local projects through Sustainability and Transformation Plans across the country.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes was selected as one of the STP areas to receive monies for local transformation projects, with national regulators recognising the plans to develop a primary care hub at Bedford Hospital as one of the ‘strongest and most advanced schemes’ put forward as part of plans to modernise and transform care for local people.
The primary care hub will see a GP Practice for 10 doctors developed in Bedford Hospital’s Cauldwell Ward which could offer same-day appointments to unregistered patients over longer opening hours for seven days a week. As well as offering greater access to GPs for patients, the service will also offer Urgent Care for patients that need timely but not emergency treatment.
The hub will mean that patients can be directed to the most appropriate service at the hospital and reduce the numbers of those that attend A&E when perhaps they could receive quicker, more effective care elsewhere.
Planning for the development of the primary care hub is already underway and it is anticipated that the work and training required will be completed next year.