Extra patients will not dilute services says hospital chief

b11-1231 Joe Harrison new Chief Executive of Bedford Hospital.  JE wk 43
b11-1231 Joe Harrison new Chief Executive of Bedford Hospital. JE wk 43

Childcare services will not be compromised following news that seriously ill children from Bedford are to be treated at Milton Keynes Hospital.

That’s the assurance from chief executive Joe Harrison who was quick to allay fears that Milton Keynes Hospital would not be able to cope with the extra patients.

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No smoking signs at MK hospital'''Wk 7 MPMC

The changes,atBedford Hospital, which bosses say are an interim measure, follow a decision to withdraw junior medical trainees from the hospital’s paediatric department.

Mr Harrison said: “This is a short term measure and I can assure Milton Keynes residents that the impact will be minimal on Milton Keynes Hospital.

“We work closely with Bedford Hospital anyway providing clinical leadership across both sites and we will be taking a managed approach to the situation.

“We will be assessing the situation and additional staff will be taken on if necessary.

“The city is now attracting top paediatricians who want to come to work at Milton Keynes Hospital so this will not present a big problem for us.

“I am confident of being able to get extra staff here if needed very quickly.”

The changes impacting on Milton Keynes Hospital were brought about by a decision by Health Education East of England and the General Medical Council to withdraw junior medical trainees from Bedford Hospital’s paediatric department from July 31.

An announcement by the hospital states A&E services have been suspended for children and people under 19 and that children will be cared for by their Bedford consultant at Milton Keynes Hospital, or another neighbouring hospital.

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