Healthcare review: Bedford expected to become satellite of Milton Keynes

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

The Bedford and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review has today issued its recommendations for a radical shake-up of the NHS across the two areas.

But the scheme would mean that Milton Keynes becomes the “major emergency centre”, while Bedford is reduced to provide a “new hospital model”.

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.

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