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Hospital Beds

Volume 124: debated on Friday 18 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average bed occupancy rate by region in National Health Service hospitals for the last date for which figures are available; and what are the comparative figures for the previous five years.

The table gives the information requested about bed occupancy (the average number of occupied beds as a percentage of the available beds for all specialties).The health services information steering group (chaired by Mrs. Körner) recommended in its first report that a more useful measure is patient throughput, the annual number of patients per available bed. These are also given in a table.

Percentage bed occupancy by Regional Health Authority, 1981–1986

Health Authority

Year

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Northern79·378·078·578·779·579·6
Yorkshire80·478·779·078·078·678·4
Trent79·478·378·778·478·577·9
East Anglian79·479·078·778·379·178·4
North West Thames183·582·482·382·483·083·5
North East Thames183·782·683·283·384·784·3
South East Thames181·780·980·680·981·981·5
South West Thames185·385·184·384·484·784·4
Wessex80·779·379·278·879·979·0
Oxford79·479·179·779·179·579·0
South Western80·780·380·280·080·378·9
West Midlands80·679·780·280·380·680·5
Mersey82·282·183·083·783·882·9
North Western81·480·180·580·681·480·2
Special Health Authorities174·075·475·476·276·277·8
England81·380·480·680·581·180·6

1 Figures are not comparable over the whole period, due to NHS restructuring in 1982.

Annual number of patients per available beds 1981–1986

Health Authority

Year

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Northern15·915·216·517·318·219·0
Yorkshire16·115·917·518·219·320·5
Trent16·516·417·818·619·720·5
East Anglian16·816·517·718·720·020·4
North West Thames115·515·316·116·917·618·3
North East Thames116·717·518·319·120·120·4
South East Thames117·017·218·119·320·621·4
South West Thames113·113·113·914·715·516·4
Wessex17·317·318·219·120·221·3
Oxford20·420·321·622·423·724·5
South Western15·215·516·417·618·619·6
West Midlands16·416·817·919·120·120·9
Mersey14·214·315·816·917·918·8
North Western18·118·119·320·121·322·0
Special Health Authorities127·227·227·728·229·530·3
England16·416·417·518·519·520·3

1 Figures are not comparable over the whole period, due to NHS restructuring in 1982.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the current bed availability by district health authority for Nottinghamshire as at the latest date and the comparative figures for each year since 1979;(2) how many beds are available in each unit of the district health authorities in Nottinghamshire; and what are the comparable figures for 1979.

The information requested is given in tables 1 and 2. The number of in-patient cases treated by health authorities in Nottinghamshire has increased by 28 per cent. between 1979 and 1986 from 115,198 to 147,511.

Table 1
Average daily number of available beds in National Health Service hospitals in Nottinghamshire in years 1979 and 1986
Hospital19791986
Bassetlaw District Health Authority
Retford and District Hospital95·074·0
Victoria Hospital110·084·5
Bassetlaw District Hospital198·0319·5
Central Nottinghamshire Health Authority
Mansfield and District General Hospital177·0168·2
Newark General Hospital72·059·2
Kings Mill Hospital422·3437·4
Forest Hospital87·871·0
Newstead Hospital125·4137·6

Hospital

1979

1986

Victoria Hospital266·6159·3
Debdale Hall Recovery Hospital137·0
Langwith Lodge29·228·5
Berry Hill Hospital40·036·3
Ransom Hospital60·058·0
Newark Hawtonville Hospital130·0116·0
Balderton Hospital362·0269·4
Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital187·9177·5

Nottingham Health Authority

The Cedars Rehabilitation Unit132·5
Nottingham City Hospital917·81,084·4
The Firs Maternity Hospital140·0
The Coppice Hospital164·0161·0
Mapperley Hospital116·05·6
St. Francis Hospital500·8312·8
Ellerslie House124·0
Sherwood Hospital1322·9
Basford Hospital103·1104·0
St. Anns Hospital77·569·0
Nottingham General Hospital423·4230·9
Highbury Hospital244·3190·5
Ruddington Hall Hospital136·5
Saxondale Hospital662·8399·0
Nottingham Eye Hospital158·9
Nottingham Hospital for Women1157·5
University Hospital315·71,236·9

1 Due to hospital closures or hospital mergers figures for 1986 are not available.

Table 2

Average daily number of available beds, Nottinghamshire Health Authorities

Health Authority

Year

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Bassetlaw403408412424424419433478
Central Nottinghamshire1,9971,9671,9491,9341,8881,8511,7941,718
Nottingham4,1984,0884,0414,0294,0003,9583,9313,794

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many National Health Service beds are allocated for the use of military personnel (a) currently and (b) for use in the event of nuclear war; and what funding arrangements exist.

Military personnel are admitted to NHS hospitals if necessary, in particular where they require specialised treatment not provided by service hospitals. There is no specific allocation of beds for this purpose, nor do special funding arrangements exist.In the event of war in Europe it is expected that NHS hospitals would receive military casualties evacuated to this country, as well as those sustained on United Kingdom soil. Plans are not made on the basis of specific allocation of beds. In the aftermath of a nuclear attack, surviving Heath Service hospitals would be supported by emergency medical centres, but according to the scale of the attack evacuation of casualties to the United Kingdom might not be possible.