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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.

The start

The start

Phase one of the hospital was the first major acute health care development in Milton Keynes. It was built on the Eaglestone site to the eastern side of the already existing community hospital, which the new hospital effectively absorbed. The hospital was officially opened in September 1984 by HRH the Duchess of Kent.

The acute services provision included:

  • four operating theatres
  • an Accident & Emergency Department
  • maternity services
  • general and speciality wards
  • full diagnostic x-ray facilities.

Growth

Growth

The continued rapid population growth of Milton Keynes soon meant that the hospital needed to be enlarged, to meet increasing demand. Construction of Phase two started at the beginning of 1988.

The development contained six additional 28-bed wards, a further (separate) suite of four operating theatres, an expansion of the Pathology Department, and additional buildings for stores, staff, offices and meeting rooms.

Phase two was opened in October 1992, again by HRH The Duchess of Kent

Milton Keynes General NHS Trust came into being on 1st April 1992. After the establishment of the Trust, there were significant changes to the range of services offered at the hospital. These included the addition of a Renal Unit, the expansion of Postgraduate Education facilities, a new MRI scanning unit, and the expansion and relocation of the Cardiology Unit and Coronary Care Ward.

Present day

Present day

The site continues to grow. In recent years there has been a comprehensive building programme to meet the demands of a growing population.

  • 2002: a two-storey building with a 26-bed orthopaedic ward and Breast Screening Unit was completed and opened.
  • 2003: the Trust opened an extension to the Children’s Ward, to house a GP referral unit and assessment centre ward, and a Patient Transfer Lounge.
  • 2004: a new office block was constructed to relieve pressure on clinical space in the main body of the hospital. A 12- bed Oncology and Cancer Unit funded by the Macmillan Cancer Charity was completed. An enlarged clinic for the treatment of fractures was also opened in the summer.
  • 2005: the opening of the biggest building project on the hospital site for ten years, a £12m, 60-bed Treatment Centre. This was specifically designed and built for the treatment of patients needing minor surgery, and for day and extended day case surgery. The treatment centre has enabled the hospital to speed up treatment for these patients.
  • 2006: A £2m angiography unit was opened, to support the work of the cardiac team at the hospital.
  • 2012: Children’s A&E opened.

The future

The Future

The population of Milton Keynes continues to expand, so the hospital is busier than ever. The Trust is now planning to redevelop the A&E facilities. This will incorporate the Urgent Care Centre and supporting outpatient services.

Work on the ‘common front door’ is in the early planning phase.