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Hospitals (Cheshire)

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the length of the current waiting list at Leighton Hospital for patients requiring appointments with consultants in the following specialities: (a) general medicine, (b) paediatrics, (c) geriatrics, (d) general surgery, (e) ear, nose and throat, (f) orthopaedics, (g) urology, (h) ophthalmology, (i) dental surgery, (j) gynaecology, (k) obstetrics, (l) special care baby unit, (m) mental illness, (n) general practitioner maternity and (o) intensive care unit.

The numbers awaiting appointments on 30th September 1977 were as follows:

Speciality
General Medicine70
Paediatrics45
Geriatrics7
General Surgery687
Ear, Nose and Throat492
Orthopaedics306
Urology85
Ophthalmology110
Dental Surgery88
Gynaecology507
ObstetricsNil
Special Care Baby UnitsNil
Mental Illness31
Intensive Care UnitNil

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the percentage utilisation of beds at Leighton Hospital in 1976; and what is the length of the current waiting period for beds in the following specialities: (a) general medicine, (b)paediatrics, (c) geriatrics, (d) general surgery, (e) ear, nose and throat, (f) orthopaedics, (g) ophthalmology, (h) urology, (i) dental surgery, (j) gynaecology, (k) obstetrics, (l) special care baby unit, (m) mental illness, (n) general practitioner maternity and (o) intensive care unit.

Following is the information:

Percentage utilisation of beds in 1976Less than 1 month1–6 months
UrgentNon-urgentUrgentNon-urgent6 months–1 year1–2 yearsOver2 yearsTotal
General Medicine72·03NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Paediatrics53·95NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Geriatrics89·72None1NoneNoneNoneNoneNone1
General Surgery78·662676883092325165251,772
Ear, Nose and Throat42·811479155816522380
Orthopaedics66·33None50None52883121
Ophthalmology50·69None12None19None1None32
Urology70·5551996314810496444
Dental Surgery41·1813112636304621183
Gynaecology52·05None78None2151377861569
Obstetrics60·94N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Special Care Baby Unit76·67N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Mental Illness64·69NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
GP Maternity43·00N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Intensive Care Unit*N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
N.A.—Not applicable.
* No separate figure collected.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the percentage occupancy of beds in 1976; and what is the length of the current waiting period for beds, together with the number of people on waiting lists, in the following hospitals and specialities: (a) Northwich Victoria Infirmary, (b) Tarporley War Memorial Hospital and (c) Barony Hospital, Nantwich, in

Percentage Occupancy in 1976Number of people on waiting lists on 30th September 1977
GeriatricsMental Illness
Northwich Victoria InfirmaryNo beds allocatedNo beds allocatedNone
Tarporley War Memorial HospitalNo beds allocatedNo beds allocatedNone
Barony Hospital97·8471·56None
Percentage Occupancy in 1976Number of people on waiting lists on 30th September 1977
GeriatricsGP Maternity
Arclid Hospital98·14No beds allocatedNone
The Grange89·95No beds allocatedNone
Davenham Hospital96·4526·67None
Percentage Occupancy in 1976Number of people on waiting lists on 30th September 1977
RehabilitationDentalMental Handicap
Oakmere Rehabilitation Centre36·18None
Cranage Hall Hospital10093·3922 (dental)
37 (mental handicap)
Mary Dendy Hospital96·0518
Parklands Hospital83·001
Wrenbury Hospital93·60None
Tabley Agricultural Hostel86·63None
WAITING TIMES ON 30TH SEPTEMBER 1977
Number of people waiting for:
Less than 1 month1–6 months
UrgentNon-urgentUrgentNon-urgent6 months–1 year1–2 yearsOver 2 years
Cranage Hall:
dental18481
mental handicap112627
Mary Dendy34236
Parklands1

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many outpatients attended Leighton Hospital in 1976.

Information in the form requested is not available, but there were 76,162 outpatient attendances in 1976 of which 16,499 were by new patients.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent the hospitals in Cheshire are affected by staff shortages.

geriatrics and in mental illness, ( d) Arclid Hospital, ( e) the Grange, Weaverham, and ( f) Davenham Hospital, in geriatrics and in general practitioner maternity, ( g) Oakmere Rehabilitation Centre, ( h) Cranage Hall Hospital, ( i) Mary Dendy Hospital, ( j) Parklands Hospital, ( k) Wrenbury Hostel and ( l) Tabley Agricultural Hostel.

The only significant shortfalls against funded establishments are for occupational therapists and physiotherapists—both of them professions in which there is a national shortage. There are 29 vacancies for occupational therapists against an establishment of 72 (whole-time equivalent) and 21 vacancies for physiotherapists against an establishment of 116.