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Hospital Beds (Hampshire)

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total number of hospital beds in Portsmouth for the latest available date and also for each year since 1979.

The requested information is given in the table. The number of in-patient cases treated per available bed per year increased from 16·2 to 20·5 between 1979 and 1984.

SpecialtyNumber
ENT248
Traumatic and orthopaedic surgery659
Ophthalmology304
Plastic surgery2,865
Oral surgery372
Gynaecology604
Total5,810
West Surrey and North East Hampshire DHA*
General surgery871
ENT766
Traumatic and orthopaedic surgery1,342
Ophthalmology509
Urology419
Oral surgery55

Specialty

Number

Gynaecology647
Other specialist units total73
Total4,682
Southampton and South West Hampshire DHA
General medicine24
Dermatology8
Neurology94
Cardiology221
Rheumatology44
Geriatrics88
General surgery2,056
ENT1,797
Traumatic and orthopaedic surgery1,143
Ophthalmology679
Radiotherapy14
Urology512
Thoracic surgery79
Oral surgery908
Neurosurgery134
Gynaecology686
Mental handicap15
GP other8
Other specialist units222
Total8,732
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire DHA
General medicine51
Dermatology16
Rheumatology10
Geriatrics9
General surgery927
ENT1,152
Traumatic and orthopaedic surgery1,073
Ophthalmology480
Radiotherapy10
Urology844
Oral surgery405
Gynaecology1,145
Mental handicap6
Total6,128
Winchester DHA
Rheumatology3
Geriatrics12
General surgery493
ENT321
Traumatic and orthopaedic surgery821
Ophthalmology291
Urology68
Oral surgery177
Gynaecology210
GP dental1
Total2,397
Basingstoke and North Hampshire DHA
General surgery468
ENT365
Traumatic and orthopaedic surgery1,628
Ophthalmology231
Thoracic surgery16
Oral surgery212
Gynaecology359
Total3,279

* DHA lies partly within Hampshire.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many women are on hospital waiting lists in Portsmouth and the South East Hampshire health district for gynaecological treatment;

(2) how many people in Portsmouth and the South East Hampshire health district awaiting urgent operations have been on the hospital waiting list for more than a month;

(3) what is the average length of the waiting list for non-emergency orthopaedic cases in South East Hampshire and Portsmouth respectively.

Information is not available centrally in precisely the form requested. On 31 March 1985, the latest date for which information is available centrally, there were in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire District health authority 1,145 cases on in-patient waiting lists in the specialty of gynaecology and 1,052 non-urgent cases in the orthopaedic specialty. A total of 102 urgent cases in the surgical specialties had been waiting for more than a month.