Milton Keynes University Hospital

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Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Milton Keynes Hospital entrance
Location Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type University Hospital and Foundation Trust
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 500
Lists Hospitals in England

Milton Keynes University Hospital is a district general hospital serving Milton Keynes, its borough and the surrounding area of north Buckinghamshire, south Northamptonshire and north-west Bedfordshire. It is located in the Eaglestone neighborhood, and opened in 1984.[1] It is managed by Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. With the projected further growth of Milton Keynes and its population the hospital expects to be expanding its services over the next 20 years.[1] The hospital falls within the area formerly administered by the South Central NHS Strategic Health Authority.[2]


Although Milton Keynes built up rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, its growing population had to rely on Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Northampton General Hospital. A campaign "Milton Keynes is Dying for a Hospital" was mounted in the 1970s, leading to the construction of a four-ward community hospital that opened in 1979, followed by the construction of the main hospital.[1] The new hospital opened in 1984, with a second phase being erected 1988-1992. Both phases of the hospital were opened by the Duchess of Kent. Further expansions, including a 60-bed treatment centre, followed in the early 21st century.[1]

University teaching hospital[edit]

The Hospital Trust has agreed to provide clinical teaching facilities to the (private) University of Buckingham, and has renamed itself a 'University Hospital Trust' accordingly.[3] The University's School of Medicine offers MBChB degrees and MD postgraduate degrees. In its first year of inviting applications, the University received 500 applications for its £35,000 a year undergraduate medicine course.[4]


The hospital provides all general services, with the exception of interventional cardiology, neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dialysis services are provided by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in the form of a satellite unit.

Mental health services and community health services on the hospital site (at the Campbell Centre and Eaglestone Health Centre) are managed by Milton Keynes Community Health Services, which was acquired by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in April 2012.[5]

"Milton Keynes Doctors on Call" (MKDOC) primary care services located on the hospital campus.

In 2007 the hospital announced it had been awarded NHS Foundation Trust status.[6]


Population trend of Borough and Urban Area 1801–2011

The Trust ended the 2012-13 financial year with a £8.8m deficit[7] In December 2013 it was announced that Monitor was reviewing health services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes in an attempt to avert “significant problems ahead” in the local hospitals.[8] A merger with Bedford Hospital has been mentioned as a possible way forward: in the meantime the Trust has not received the additional funding needed to cope with the rapid increase in population of Milton Keynes.

The Trust did poorly in the 2014 cancer patient experience survey and in February 2015 agreed to pair up with Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, which did very well, in a scheme intended to “spread and accelerate innovative practice via peer to peer support and learning”.[9] Following its inspection, the Care Quality Commission advised [March 2015] that the Trust 'requires improvement'.[10] Following that the care quality commission (CQC) carried out an unannounced inspection to the Trust on 12, 13 and 17 July 2016, to check how improvements had been made in the urgent and emergency care, medical care and end of life care core services. They also inspected the maternity and gynaecology service. Overall, CQC inspected all five key questions for the urgent and emergency care and medical care core services and found that improvements had been made so that both core services were now rated as “good” overall.[11]

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 2623 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.99%. 61% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 58% recommended it as a place to work.[12]

In 2014/5 the trust was given a loan of £25.3 million by the Department of Health which is supposed to be paid back in five years.[13] It spent £16.2 million, 9.7% of its total turnover, on agency staff in 2014/5.[14]


Milton Keynes University Hospital is located in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes University Hospital
Milton Keynes University Hospital
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The Hospital is just south of central Milton Keynes, off Standing Way (A421, H8) near its junction with Marlborough Street (B4034, V8). It is well served by public transport.

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  1. ^ a b c d Milton Keynes University Hospital. "About Milton Keynes Hospital". Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  2. ^ "NHS Organisations in Your Area". NHS South Central. Archived from the original on 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  3. ^ New name and new era for Milton Keynes Hospital  – Milton Keynes Citizen, 31 March 2015
  4. ^ Private university gets 500 applications for £35,000-a-year medical degree  – The Guardian, 8 January 2015
  5. ^ "CNWL announced as preferred acquirer of Milton Keynes Community Health Services". 
  6. ^ "Foundation trust". Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  7. ^ "Milton Keynes ended financial year with £8.8m deficit". Health Service Journal. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Monitor to review services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes". Health Service Journal. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "'Pioneering' cancer care buddying scheme launched". Health Service Journal. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  – Care Quality Commission, 6 March 2015]
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  12. ^ "HSJ reveals the best places to work in 2015". Health Service Journal. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "11 trusts whose DH bailouts were converted to loans". Health Service Journal. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Agency spending: the real picture". Health Service Journal. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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Coordinates: 52°01′35″N 0°44′11″W / 52.02643°N 0.73630°W / 52.02643; -0.73630