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Our history

Milton Keynes Hospital occupies a 60-hectare site to the south of the city centre. 

We are a medium sized district general hospital, serving Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. The hospital has approximately 400 inpatient beds, and provides a broad range of general medical and surgical services. We have a busy A&E Department that manages all medical, surgical and child health emergency admissions. As our local population grows, we continue to develop our facilities.

In addition to providing general acute services, Milton Keynes Hospital increasingly provides more specialist services, including cancer care, cardiology and oral surgery.

We have responsibility for treating premature babies born locally. Some of the babies we treat are born as early as 24 weeks old (16 weeks early), and weigh as little as 500 grams.

Some quick facts:

  • The Trust employs 3,000 staff.
  • We have beds for 400 patients.
  • 70,000 people come to Accident and Emergency every year.
  • We treat 20,000 elective patients, 200,000 outpatients, and deliver over 4,000 babies every year.

Our vision is to be the healthcare provider of choice for the people of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. We aim to deliver the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time.

Foundation Trust Status

In October 2007 we became a NHS Foundation Trust. This means that patients, the public and staff have a greater say in the future of the hospital, and in planning and developing services. For more information about NHS Foundation Trusts, visit Monitor’s website.

Our origins

Our origins

Prior to the building of a hospital in Milton Keynes, and before the development of the city, all hospital services were provided by Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Northampton General Hospital. A satellite outpatients department at Bletchley supported the Stoke Mandeville service, with Northampton and Stony Stratford also providing outpatient services.

Development of the new city started at the end of the 1960s, but by the middle of the 1970s there was still no local hospital. A campaign under the banner 'Milton Keynes is Dying for a Hospital' was started. This resulted in the commitment to build a hospital on the current Eaglestone site.

Shortage of resources meant that the main hospital with acute services would not be built until the early 1980s. A stop-gap community hospital was built, opening in 1979. This consisted of four wards, including one for acute mental illness care. There was also a rehabilitation department, along with a small x-ray department, and a few other supporting services. This community hospital was built next to the Eaglestone Health Centre, which had become the first healthcare building on site, in 1978.