Development of the new town of Milton Keynes 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 and Milton Keynes Hospital was officially opened in 1984.
Since then, the estate of the hospital and the services we offer have dramatically increased meaning that, in many cases, where local people had once had to travel to receive specialist treatments they are now able to receive them closer to home.
In October 2007 we became a NHS Foundation Trust which meant that patients, the public and staff have a greater say in the future of the hospital, and in planning and developing services. More recently, the Trust entered into a partnership with the University of Buckingham to establish the first independent Medical School in the country. The first medical students commenced pre-clinical training at the University in January 2015, and in April 2015 the Trust changed its name to Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to reflect this status. The first cohort of University of Buckingham medical students began full-time clinical training with the Trust in March 2017. Sixty students will complete their MB ChB course at the hospital over the next two and a half years, with forty students training on site at any one time.
As the population of Milton Keynes continues to grow, so do our plans to increase the services and the estate of your local hospital. As well as a timeline that details a bit more about our history, you’ll be able to read more below about the performance of the hospital, our vision and strategy of how we plan to keep improving and details of some of the service and estates improvements happening in the next few years.