Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

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Coordinates: 51°53′38″N 0°28′26″W / 51.894°N 0.474°W / 51.894; -0.474

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.jpg
Location Luton, United Kingdom
Care system National Health Service
Hospital type General
Affiliated university University College London
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 650
Founded 1939
Lists Hospitals in the United Kingdom

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is an acute hospital run by the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It provides medical and surgical services for over 350,000 people in Bedfordshire, the north of Hertfordshire and parts of Buckinghamshire. The hospital is often abbreviated to the 'L&D', and employs 3,400 staff.[1]


The first hospital opened in 1872 and was a modest cottage hospital which then became the Bute Hospital which opened in 1882, built on land donated by the Marquis of Bute. In 1902 the site was enlarged to a 40-bed establishment but a few years later there was insufficient space for expansion so it was decided to build another hospital. Ten acres of land, situated in the English countryside between Luton and Dunstable were purchased from Electrolux and a new hospital was built. The hospital was opened by Queen Mary on 14 February 1939.[2]

In 2012, the hospital became affiliated with University College London.

Patient safety[edit]

Luton and Dunstable has been a Safer Patient Initiative site since 2004. Reducing the hospital's mortality rate was a priority for Chief Executive Stephen Ramsden, who believes that saving patient lives must be at the top of all chief executives' agendas.[3]

Stephen Ramsden was appointed the director of the National Patient Safety Campaign,[4] after the hospital won[5] The Health Foundation's Safer Patients Initiative. He also received an OBE for services to healthcare.[6]

It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred NHS trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 3323 full-time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.25%. 67% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 60% recommended it as a place to work.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The L&D Today". Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "About Us The Origins and History of the L&D". Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Reducing avoidable mortality: Chief Executives lead the way" (PDF). NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. June 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
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  5. ^ "Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust selected as winner of The Health Foundation's Safer Patients Initiative". The Health Foundation. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "NHS leaders honoured for services to healthcare". Health Service Journal. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 

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