Milton Keynes Hospital will be renamed as Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust later this week.
The new status, which takes effect from Thursday, reflects the hospital’s upgraded status with the huge expansion of teaching taking place at the trust.
Most prominently, this has seen a new partnership with the University of Buckingham to create the UK’s first independent medical school.
The move to becoming a university hospital will enable the trust to attract, train and retain the best doctors and clinical staff, and contribute towards the financial stability of the organisation.
This means there will be medical students on-site, interacting with patients, performing examinations, and observing while patients have tests, procedures or operations. If patients have any questions or concerns about students being involved in their care, they are advised to speak to their doctor or nurse.
Hospital bosses say that the change of name is one of many important steps towards establishing the trust as a world-class centre for teaching excellence. The first students will arrive on wards in May and by the beginning of 2017 a medical school building will have been constructed, which will also create new opportunities in the future for all staff in the fields of clinical research and education.
This change is an important symbol of our commitment to developing the hospital into a world class centre for healthcare, teaching and researchChief executive Joe Harrison
Chief executive Joe Harrison said: “Our change to university hospital status is a milestone in the 30-year history of Milton Keynes Hospital, and also an important symbol of our commitment to developing the hospital into a world class centre for healthcare, teaching and research.”
Medical director Professor Martin Wetherill said: “In my 25 years at the hospital, seeing us develop from a small district general to becoming a university hospital is one of the proudest moments of my career. The continued growth of the hospital will allow us to expand and improve our services to offer the very best care to the people of Milton Keynes, and beyond.”