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Hospital Beds

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the numbers of (a) hospital beds and (b) acute beds for each health board and the total for Scotland in each year since 1979, and the percentage change from 1979 to 1989.

Information on the number of all NHS hospital beds in Scotland and those beds used for acute specialities, for Scotland and for each health board in Scotland for the years ending 31 March 1979 to 1991 are shown in the table.The table shows information on the average available staffed beds and indicates the number of beds which are staffed and are available for the reception of inpatients and day cases. Borrowed and temporary beds are included.The acute specialty group comprises the following main specialty classifications: general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, ENT surgery, ophthalmology, urology, orthodontics and paediatric dentistry, oral surgery and medicine, restorative dentistry, general medicine, dermatology, rehabilitation medicine, respiratory medicine, surgical paediatrics medical paediatrics, gynaecology, GP acute, acute mixed and other acute.The acute specialty group does not include those specialty classifications attributed to the supra-area specialty group, ie specialties: neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, plastic surgery, neurology, radiotherapy and spinal paralysis.

Average available staffed beds in NHS hospitals in Scotland for all and acute specialties: by health board: years ending 31 March 1979–1991 1979
All specialtiesAcute specialties
Scotland58,78819,005
Argyll and Clyde4,6231,372
Ayr and Arran2,847981
Borders906319
Dumfries and Galloway1,707437
Fife2,966801
Forth Valley3,617733
Grampian5,3841,752
Greater Glasgow14,0784,867
Highland2,470810
Lanarkshire5,5601,680
Lothian8,4323,210
Orkney12450
Shetland16062
Tayside5,6981,846
Western Isles21685
1980
All specialtiesAcute specialties
Scotland58,33418,948
Argyll and Clyde4,5611,330
Ayr and Arran2,822975

All specialties

Acute specialties

Borders897311
Dumfries and Galloway1,626423
Fife2,928791
Forth Valley3,610708
Grampian5,3981,758
Greater Glasgow14,0684,908
Highland2,433810
Lanarkshire5,5151,735
Lothian8,3933,200
Orkney12046
Shetland15962
Tayside5,5881,808
Western Isles21684

1981

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland58,15018,755
Argyll and Clyde4,4991,263
Ayr and Arran2,827977
Borders910322
Dumfries and Galloway1,589428
Fife2,912784
Forth Valley3,614727
Grampian5,3871,709
Greater Glasgow14,0784,859
Highland2,424811
Lanarkshire5,5401,728
Lothian8,4083,175
Orkney13158
Shetland16062
Tayside5,4651,771
Western Isles20782

1982

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland57,92818,649
Argyll and Clyde4,4841,259
Ayr and Arran2,818970
Borders931337
Dumfries and Galloway1,559428
Fife2,971791
Forth Valley3,570727
Grampian5,4291,711
Greater Glasgow13,9194,811
Highland2,417809
Lanarkshire5,5431,733
Lothian8,4193,171
Orkney13157
Shetland16062
Tayside5,3751,698
Western Isles20283

1983

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland57,11918,092
Argyll and Clyde4,4551,258
Ayr and Arran2,795947
Borders934345
Dumfries and Galloway1,538424
Fife3,001797
Forth Valley3,426688
Grampian5,4771,694
Greater Glasgow13,3484,326
Highland2,337815
Lanarkshire5,5181,696
Lothian8,4523,142

All specialties

Acute specialties

Orkney13158
Shetland16062
Tayside5,3671,754
Western Isles20985

1984

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland57,34218,079
Argyll and Clyde4,4331,255
Ayr and Arran3,0511,080
Borders925325
Dumfries and Galloway1,538421
Fife3,106804
Forth Valley3,465690
Grampian5,5711,729
Greater Glasgow13,2064,204
Highland2,288797
Lanarkshire5,4421,715
Lothian8,5053,124
Orkney13157
Shetland15962
Tayside5,3121,731
Western Isles20884

1985

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland56,80217,753
Argyll and Clyde4,4371,248
Ayr and Arran3,0261,082
Borders927333
Dumfries and Galloway1,552435
Fife3,139795
Forth Valley3,401678
Grampian5,5681,725
Greater Glasgow13,0794,151
Highland2,279766
Lanarkshire5,3381,627
Lothian8,3582,999
Orkney12956
Shetland15963
Tayside5,1971,711
Western Isles21085

1986

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland55,95517,384
Argyll and Clyde4,3861,245
Ayr and Arran2,9881,058
Borders933339
Dumfries and Galloway1,510443
Fife3,229785
Forth Valley3,418683
Grampian5,5671,722
Greater Glasgow12,7464,045
Highland2,131686
Lanarkshire5,2711,587
Lothian8,1632,910
Orkney10657
Shetland16062
Tayside5,1371,678
Western Isles21185

1987

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland55,33817,223
Argyll and Clyde4,3121,236
Ayr and Arran2,9511,052
Borders944348
Dumfries and Galloway1,493445
Fife3,290811
Forth Valley3,410682
Grampian5,5131,707
Greater Glasgow12,5593,987
Highland2,165695
Lanarkshire5,0421,570
Lothian8,0472,840
Orkney13158
Shetland15860
Tayside5,1091,648
Western Isles21685

1988

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland54,48717,005
Argyll and Clyde4,3071,233
Ayr and Arran2,9521,074
Borders939347
Dumfries and Galloway1,505445
Fife3,254811
Forth Valley3,151643
Grampian5,4571,693
Greater Glasgow12,2423,933
Highland2,142687
Lanarkshire4,9611,552
Lothian8,0082,761
Orkney13161
Shetland15962
Tayside5,0571,615
Western Isles22188

1989

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland54,48717,005
Argyll and Clyde4,3071,233
Ayr and Arran2,9521,074
Borders939347
Dumfries and Galloway1,505445
Fife3,254811
Forth Valley3,151643
Grampian5,4571,693
Greater Glasgow12,2423,933
Highland2,142687
Lanarkshire4,9611,552
Lothian8,0082,761
Orkney13161
Shetland15962
Tayside5,0571,615
Western Isles22188

1990

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland52,12116,270
Argyll and Clyde4,1031,275
Ayr and Arran2,9251,087
Borders927335
Dumfries and Galloway1,439417
Fife3,062805
Forth Valley2,878604
Grampian5,2761,428

All specialties

Acute specialties

Greater Glasgow11,9183,854
Highland1,968690
Lanarkshire4,7901,529
Lothian7,5782,442
Orkney13161
Shetland16263
Tayside4,7431,593
Western Isles22086

1991

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland50,64015,883
Argyll and Clyde3,9761,257
Ayr and Arran2,8861,071
Borders917339
Dumfries and Galloway1,389420
Fife2,987791
Forth Valley2,853592
Grampian5,1551,391
Greater Glasgow11,4823,716
Highland1,918695
Lanarkshire4,7731,521
Lothian7,2072,312
Orkney14461
Shetland15153
Tayside4,5781,578
Western Isles22487

Percentage change 1979–89

All specialties

Acute specialties

Scotland-9·1-12·7
Argyll and Clyde-10·7-7·0
Ayr and Arran4·410·9
Borders3·76·0
Dumfries and Galloway-11·90·2
Fife4·7-0·5
Forth Valley-14·8-15·8
Grampian0·8-17·2
Greater Glasgow-13·9-20·6
Highland-17·7-15·2
Lanarkshire-11·7-8·6
Lothian-6·1-16·4
Orkney5·520·8
Shetland0·30·3
Tayside-15·8-12·6
Western Isles2·42·7