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Hospital Beds

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds (a) there were and (b) were occupied in each type of hospital ward in 2008-09. (315539)

The number of occupied and available bed days and day only beds is collected annually, from national health service providers by ward classification. The following tables show the number of available beds by ward classification and the occupancy rate for the period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009:

Average daily number of available and occupied beds in wards open overnight by ward classification, England, 2008-09

Ward classification

Available beds

Occupied beds

All ward types

159,386

136,203

Intensive care: neonates

1,805

1,321

Intensive care: paediatric

317

231

Intensive care: wholly or mainly adult

3,727

3,046

Terminally ill/palliative care: wholly or mainly adult

458

365

Younger physically disabled

487

378

Other general and acute: neonates and children

8,123

5,332

Other general and acute: elderly: normal care

19,382

17,898

Other general and acute: elderly: limited care

1,413

1,237

Other general and acute: other

85,976

75,691

Maternity

8,386

5,532

Mental illness: children: short stay

528

389

Mental illness: children: long stay

29

23

Mental illness: elderly: short stay

6,344

5,147

Mental illness: elderly: long stay

2,047

1,646

Mental illness: other ages: secure unit

3,292

3,003

Mental illness: other ages: short stay

11,242

10,040

Mental illness: other ages: long stay

2,948

2,532

Learning disabilities: children: short stay

186

115

Learning disabilities: children: long stay

19

14

Learning disabilities: other ages: secure unit

539

504

Learning disabilities: other ages: short stay

938

709

Learning disabilities: other ages: long stay

1,200

1,051

Average daily number of available beds in wards open day only, England, 2008-09

Available beds

Occupied beds

Total

10,959

9,717

Neonates and children

798

573

Other ages

10,161

9,143

Average daily number of available and occupied residential beds, England, 2008-09

Available beds

Occupied beds

Total

2,941

2,568

Mental illness

1,186

1,017

Learning disabilities

1,646

1,477

Other

109

74

Source:

Department of Health form KH03