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Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monthly occupancy rate for (a) ward and (b) other beds has been at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court since January 2003. (318022)

Since May 2007, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, has had a total of 66 ward beds for the care of complex trauma and neurological in-patients. The majority of such patients are accommodated in these ward beds but some who have an appropriate level of function can alternatively be accommodated in 15 bed spaces in a separate building on site which are suitable for their clinical needs. These beds are part of a total of 120 hostel beds for patients whose condition (trauma or less serious musculoskeletal problem) allows them to be independent of nursing.

Occupancy rates for ward beds and other beds from 2008 are as follows:

Ward bedsOther beds

Average patient numbers

Percentage occupancy

Average patient numbers

Percentage occupancy

2008

January

24

36

February

39

59

March

43

65

April

43

65

May

43

65

June

42

64

July

34

52

August

35

53

September

38

58

98

82

October

38

58

120

100

November

36

55

109

91

December

25

38

23

19

2009

January

27

41

86

72

February

37

56

75

63

March

40

61

104

87

April

42

64

120

100

May

43

65

68

57

June

42

64

120

100

July

43

65

104

87

August

42

64

80

67

September

50

76

92

77

October

57

86

84

70

November

56

85

101

84

December

55

83

18

15

2010

January

61

92

82

68

Data prior to January 2008 for ward beds, and prior to August 2008 for other beds, are not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Non-ward bed occupancy is deliberately managed to achieve high percentages in order to speed the rehabilitation of less seriously injured personnel by maximising the size of groups undertaking rehabilitation together.

While the statistics also indicate that ward bed occupancy has risen markedly in recent months, accommodation has been made available in ward beds for all operational casualties as and when they required it. Given this rise in patient numbers, we have a range of contingency plans, which include greater use of the 15 non-ward bed spaces mentioned, for those patients whose clinical condition allows, and greater use of our regional rehabilitation units for the treatment of less seriously injured personnel who might otherwise be accommodated at Headley Court. In addition, as I announced to the House on 10 February 2010, Official Report, columns 926-36, we are now planning to create up to 30 more ward beds at Headley Court later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many follow-up visits former in-patients at DMRC Headley Court had on average in 2009. (318029)

Between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2009, 722 patients attended out-patient appointments following either an in-patient stay or residential rehabilitation course at DMRC Headley Court. On average these patients had two follow-up visits during 2009, amounting to 1,683 out-patient appointments following their in-patient stay or residential rehabilitation course.