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Armed Forces: Health Services

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many armed forces personnel Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court is able to accommodate at any one time; (316997)

(2) how many armed forces personnel undergoing a course of rehabilitation at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court are accommodated outside Headley Court;

(3) how many armed forces personnel are awaiting appointments at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court.

The facilities at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court currently include 66 ward beds and 120 other beds that are available for patients who do not require full ward facilities.

We keep the numbers of beds required at DMRC under regular review. I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement on 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 52WS, which states that we are working on plans to provide up to 30 extra ward beds later this year.

No individuals undergoing a course of residential rehabilitation at Headley Court are housed elsewhere. As part of its services, DMRC also provides a range of out-patient treatment. Personnel attending for a routine out-patient appointment may be offered overnight accommodation in a local hotel if they are unable to travel to and from the unit in a day.

Armed forces personnel requiring residential care or rehabilitation at DMRC are transferred there in accordance with their clinical need at a given date. No patients are awaiting admission because of any shortage in the availability of ward beds. Some personnel undertaking long-term rehabilitation programmes will spend periods of time at home with their families between concentrated periods of treatment at Headley Court. This practice is in accordance with recognised clinical procedures; our experience suggests that patients can often recover better and faster in this way rather than through continuing accommodation in the rehabilitation unit.