Could health care shake-up have knock-on effect for Buckingham?

Bedford Hospital
Bedford Hospital

A radical shake-up could put pressure on medical services used by Buckingham residents after plans to make Milton Keynes Hospital the ‘major emergency centre’ for Bedford were announced.

The Bedford and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review has today issued its recommendations for an overhaul of the NHS across the two areas.

And Bedford Hospital is expected to become a satellite of Milton Keynes, according to recommendations issued today by health chiefs.

Milton Keynes would become the ‘major emergency centre’, while Bedford is reduced to provide a ‘new hospital model’.

It would mean people from Bedford would place extra pressure on services in Milton Keynes, used by people from Buckingham.

Bedford’s revised set-up would still provide a 24/7 A&E department, a high dependency unit providing intensive support for higher risk patients and a paediatric assessment unit, along with a full outpatients services, diagnostics, planned day surgery, support for home births and ante/post-natal support.