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Improvements at MKUH

At Milton Keynes University Hospital, we are continuously improving our facilities across the site for staff and patients. Our five years estates strategy outlines the developments planned and how we aim to support the organisation’s ambition of becoming an outstanding teaching hospital.

The video below highlights some of the initiatives planned, starting with the opening of the main entrance in 2017. Please note that some of these developments are currently proposed and further consultation work would be required before any service is changed or amended.

Upcoming developments – 2018/19

The Trust is developing the north part of the hospital site close to our cardiology department, to improve facilities and infrastructure. In this location, a number of developments are planned including the construction of our Cancer Centre.

Cancer Centre

We are designing a new Cancer Centre that will allow us to provide more complex cancer treatments for our patients here at the hospital, whereas currently they have to travel to Northampton or Oxford. The new Cancer Centre will co-locate oncology, clinical haematology and cancer-related chemotherapy under one roof.

The building will mean that the hospital can improve the quality of its cancer services, help to increase capacity, establish new emergency care pathways and support the future demand for Cancer Services in Milton Keynes.

Including within the Cancer Centre will be a 24 bed ward, outpatient consultation rooms, therapy treatment rooms and a Macmillan Information and Wellbeing Service.

As part of the development of the Cancer Centre, our Milton Keynes Hospital Charity has launched a £2.5m fundraising appeal to ensure that as many patient and visitors are able to benefit from the new facility. You can find out more about the appeal on the hospital charity’s website.

Upcoming developments – 2019 onwards

Radiotherapy Centre

A proposed development in partnership with regional healthcare partners.

New multi-storey car park

There is an opportunity to construct an additional staff multi-storey car park behind the Urgent Care Centre. Planning permission and financing are still required.

Assessment Unit

Developing the front of the hospital site to provide a better service for short stay patients, ensuring that can be assessed and discharged quickly and safely. Planning permission and financing are still required.

What we have achieved

The Trust has developed a number of new buildings and facilities over the last few years. Some of these are highlighted below.

Ward 24

In February 2017, we opened ward 24 – a 20 bed facility which has enabled us to increase our capacity for patients coming in with planned (elective) surgery. The new ward has been built next to our Treatment Centre, with the theatre complex and Ambulatory Care Unit (now named ward 23) close by.

Visitors to patients in ward 24 can access the ward through the Treatment Centre (temporary main entrance) and turning left through the link corridor. Visiting hours for the ward are 2pm – 8pm (excluding 5pm – 6pm for the evening meal).

New Main Entrance

Our new main entrance opened in May 2017, providing a welcoming, light and modern main entrance into the hospital. Complete with a Costa Coffee, Subway and Little Fresh convenience store, the main entrance also features important patient and visitor amenities such as seating areas, a manned reception desk and a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) lounge.

The main entrance is located directly opposite our main multi-storey car park (car park D) and is connected to our Outpatients building via a link corridor.

For opening times of the main entrance, please click here.

Academic Centre

Our Academic Centre, developed as part of our joint medical school venture with the University of Buckingham, was opened in February 2018 by HRH the Duke of Kent and university Vice-Chancellor Sir Antony Seldon.

This building will allow us to attract, train and retain the doctors and nurses of tomorrow. Included in the building will be a 200 seated lecture theatre, simulation suites, boardroom and classrooms.

Further information on the Academic Centre can be found here.