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Hospital Beds

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in the Official Report (a) the number of acute hospital beds in each of the health board areas in Scotland and (b) the average waiting time for the admission of non-urgent cases in each of these areas.

The number of acute beds in each health board area in Scotland is as follows:

Argyll and Clyde1,504
Ayrshire and Arran1,106
Borders346
Dumfries and Galloway476
Fife888
Forth Valley789
Grampian1,854
Greater Glasgow6,209
Highland852
Lanarkshire1,708
Lothian4,025
Orkney56
Shetland62
Tayside2,215
Western Isles102
It is not possible to give a comprehensive answer to the second part of the Question. The following table shows the mean waiting times, in days, of patients discharged during 1975, with selected diagnoses. The conditions chosen are common and are "non-urgent" in the sense that the majority of patients will be admitted from the waiting list. The figures have to be read with care because: (

a) they refer only to patients discharged during 1975 and not to all patients on the waiting list in 1975; ( b) some of the averages are based on small numbers either because there were few patients treated in a particular health board for a given condition or the date placed on the waiting list was not known for some of the cases; and ( c) some of the conditions are managed in some hospitals on a day-patient basis, for which statistics are often not available.

MEAN WAITING TIMES (IN DAYS) FOR PATIENTS DISCHARGED IN 1975 BY SELECTED DIAGNOSIS

Ayrshire and Arran

Borders

Argyll and Clyde

Fife

Glasgow

Highland

Lanarkshire

Grampian

Orkney

Lothians

Tayside

Forth Valley

Western Isles

Dumfries and Galloway

Shetland

Average

Strabismus176824183746016141991686499
Cataract20310152879060158397811899
Varices of Lower Limb15343745049010162182174149213415547276100166
Haemorrhoids8715320723986381468047110411636154125106
Hypertrophy of Tonsils/Adenoids1291151128711915211416118818650168169109
Hernia of Abdominal Cavity91971761957053167641567111105552326399
Disease of Cervix (inc. Cervical-erosion)10713167514041140501355459311753962
Utero-Vaginal prolapse and mal-position of Uterus109114634757986870621343616312277
Internal derangement of Knee Joint30115155120566659768678615648448080
Displacement of Intervertebral Disc13401123321419355615N.K.1234235
— indicates that no waiting list cases were recorded.
N.K. indicates that date placed on waiting list was unknown.