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Spinal Cord Injuries

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS beds within specialist facilities are available for spinal cord injured patients; and how many were available in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000 and (d) 2005. (80346)

The Department has conducted censuses of available adult intensive care and high dependency provision since 1999. Details of such provision in spinal units (SUs) on census days in 2000 and 2005, and on the date of the most recent census, are shown in the table.

Date of census

SU intensive care beds

SU high dependency care beds

16 January 2006



14 July 2005



13 January 2005



14 July 2000



15 January 2000



Source: Department of Health, hospital activity statistics, form KHOSa

The table shows the number of available (open and staffed) adult intensive care and high dependency beds in national health service hospitals in England. A census provides a snapshot of provision on one particular day and it should be noted that the number of beds may vary from day to day according to clinical demands and staff availability, with flexibility between general and specialist beds and between intensive care and high dependency.