Hospital under pressure – 25th January 2024

Date: 25/01/2024

Milton Keynes University Hospital is currently seeing an exceptional level of demand for its services, following a high number of emergency admissions.

The hospital has opened more than 100 escalation beds along with additional ward space to help deal with the pressure on its services, and staff continue to work hard to ensure all patients are seen and cared for safely.

We are doing all we can to minimise any impact of these pressures on planned care, such as surgery and outpatients’ appointments, especially for patients who require urgent surgery for cancer or other potentially life-limiting conditions. Patients with appointments at the hospital should continue to attend, unless told otherwise.

The hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) remains open 24/7 for those requiring urgent care. Patients in ED may experience longer waits at particularly busy times.

We are asking that patients only attend the emergency department if they require urgent and emergency care. If you do not require urgent or emergency care, please consider whether you can access the care you need via your GP, a pharmacist, by using NHS 111 online or via the NHS App, or visiting the Urgent Care Centre.

Our website will continue to provide up-to-date guidance.