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Intensive Care: South East

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many level three intensive care cots were available for neo-natal care in each of the acute hospital trusts in the South Central Strategic Health Authority area in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. (218627)

The average daily number of available beds in neonatal intensive care wards (also known as level three wards) for national health service acute providers in the South Central Strategic Health Authority (SHA) area can be found in the following table. There have been concerns raised recently about the definitions used for neonatal intensive care cots in the KH03 data return. The concerns have been around the use of the ward type where the cot is located as part of the definition. This has caused confusion amongst some trusts about where to record their neonatal intensive care cots and has caused inconsistency in reporting. These concerns will be investigated with the view of ensuring a robust and clear definition is developed for the 2008-09 collection.

It is for the neonatal networks, commissioners and SHAs to work together to ensure there is sufficient capacity within the system to meet local demand.

Average daily number of available beds in wards open overnight, ward classification ‘Intensive care: Neonates’, acute NHS providers in South Central SHA area

Organisation name

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust

0

14

14

14

14

11

14

Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

3

3

3

Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

5

5

5

5

5

4

6

Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust

9

9

9

9

0

0

0

Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust

8

8

8

7

6

5

8

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

25

26

25

10

10

10

10

Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4

4

7

4

3

4

4

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

25

26

26

26

26

28

28

South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust

2

2

2

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust

2

1

1

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust

16

16

16

16

16

16

16

n/a = Not applicable.

Notes:

1. In April 2003 South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust and Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust merged to form Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

2. North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust became a Foundation Trust on 1 December 2006 and changed its name to Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Source:

Department of Health form KH03