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Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Location and Contact details

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Kempston Road
MK42 9DJ

Telephone: 01234 355 122


Type of organisation

  • NHS Service

Descripton of organisation

  • Trauma Unit
  • Acute Hospital
  • In patient

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miles (approximate road distance)

Entry last updated

Feb 28, 2012

Further Details

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is a 403 bed, high performing acute district general hospital committed to providing a caring and safe environment for our patients and staff. The Trust provides a range of services to over 270,000 people living predominantly in north and mid Bedfordshire and is the vascular hub for the county.

The accident and emergency (A&E) department at Bedford Hospital is located at the Ampthill Road entrance to the south wing site. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides a service for patients who are brought in by ambulance, or who have self-referred. .
The in patient physiotherapy department is primarily concerned with the treatment of adult patients. The 26 members of the physiotherapy staff are grouped into four teams offering a comprehensive range of services to adult patients including:

> rehabilitation aiming for optimal level of independence;
> respiratory care for patients in intensive care, following surgery or with chronic respiratory disease including emergency service at night and weekends;
> use of techniques to reduce pain and improve the range of movement of joints;
> Involvement in safe, appropriate discharge planning.

Treatment programmes may include: exercise therapy, neurological and amputee rehabilitation, respiratory care and health education and advice including education for carers.

The orthopaedic team works with patients following a variety of trauma and elective surgery. The physiotherapists provide patients with individual exercise programmes to help increase joint range improve muscle power and restore function. They also assist the patients to regain their mobility in order to be discharged safely.

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Acute Medical Care no no no yes
Advice no no no yes
Nursing no no no yes
Occupational Therapy no no no yes
Physiotherapy no no no yes
Speech & Language Therapy no no no yes
National = country wide, Regional = offering a service within 150 miles, Local = offering a service within 50 miles

This service adheres to the following Regulatory Frameworks / is affiliated to the following bodies:

Referrals can be made by

GP yes
Consultant yes
Healthcare Professional no
Self/Advocate/Family no
Other professional eg Social Care/Case Manager no

How are services paid for?

yes Publicly funded - free at point of access
Regularly Sometimes Never
NHS yesnono
Social Care Services ???
Jointly funded by NHS & Social Care Services ???

Typical duration that a service is offered

No Data

This Service was mapped by Eastern Region ABI. See HERE for more information

Services available are defined by the following EHIG Rehabilitation Codes

For an explanation of the codings please click here


[Code 20]
Patient description
Medically unstable – requires general but not neurosurgical critical care.

Major Trauma Centre/ Trauma Unit/Acute Hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Identifying and addressing early rehab goals before medically stable and transfer of care to rehab team


[Code 40]
Patient description
Needs in-patient care due to physical dependency, or the need for specialist therapy equipment, a safe environment, supervision, or intensity of therapy, in a unit with the expertise and experience in rehabilitation of a condition (Level 1)which cannot be provided in a local specialist centre or in the community (Level 2) which cannot be provided in the community.

Level 1: Regional specialized centre Level 2: Local specialist centre, Acute or community hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Needs inpatient care due to physical dependency, or need for specialist therapy equipment, safe environment, supervision or intensity of therapy which cannot be provided in community

This service is defined by the NMDS (National Minimum Data Set) codes as:

For an explanation of the NMDS, please click here

Level 3B (local non-specialist rehabilitation services): Treat patients with Category D needs and can be led by non-medical staff

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