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Hospital Beds (Bournemouth)

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, (1) on the basis of the best available population projections for the Bournemouth area, how many emergency hospital beds it is estimated that the area will need in (a) 1980 and (b) 1985; how these estimated figures compare with the number of such beds currently (a) needed and (b) in existence; what plans have been prepared to meet the present and future demands for such beds; and whether, if the building of the new area general hospital at Castle Lane, Bournemouth, is delayed, it will be possible to provide these beds in any other way;(2) on the basis of the best available population projections for the Bournemouth area, how many maternity hospital beds it is estimated that the area will need in (

a) 1980 and ( b) 1985; how these estimated figures compare with the number of such beds currently ( a) needed and ( b) in existence; what plans have been prepared to meet the present and future demands for such beds; and whether, if the building of the new area general hospital at Castle Lane, Bournemouth, is delayed, it will be possible to provide these beds in any other way;

(3) on the basis of the best available population projects for the Bournemouth area, how many medical beds it is estimated that the area will need in ( a) 1980 and ( b) 1985; how these estimated figures compare with the number of such beds currently, ( a) needed and ( b) in existence; what plans have been prepared to meet the present and future demands for such beds; and whether, if the building of the new area general hospital at Castle Lane, Bournemouth, is delayed, it will be possible to provide these beds in any other way;

(4) on the basis of the best available population projects for the Bournemouth area, how many surgical beds it is estimated that the area will need in ( a) 1980 and ( b) 1985; how these estimated figures

compare with the number of such beds currently ( a) needed and ( b) in existence; what plans have been prepared to meet the present and future demands for such beds; and whether, if the building of the new area general hospital at Castle Lane, Bournemouth, is delayed, it will be possible to provide these beds in any other way;

(5) on the basis of the best available population projections for the Bournemouth area, how many geriatric hospital beds it is estimated

Acute Beds

Maternity Beds

Geriatric Beds

Year

Projected population of health district

Estimated population over 65

Need

In existence/planned

Need

In existence/planned

Need

In existence/planned

1975407,00085,0001,0179871451441,158624
1980437,00089,0001,0921,0151501441,187698
1985464,00090,0001,1601,0151551441,200698

Note: Figures for medical, surgical and emergency beds cannot satisfactorily be separated from the total acute beds as the number of beds allocated to each of these acute specialties will vary according to the needs at any particular time.

A programme of interim developments of the hospital facilities in the East Dorset Health District was planned on the basis that the new District General Hospital at Bournemouth was not likely to be available before 1981. This programme is currently being implemented and the planned bed provision from it is shown in the table above. The health authorities have instituted a review of the interim programme and the needs of the district to take account of the result of any delay in starting the new hospital.