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Armed Forces: Health Services

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long on average each patient stayed at DMRC Headley Court in each month since January 2003. (318475)

Using information held on the Defence Patient Tracking System (DPTS), the following table presents the average (mean) length of stay in days for in-patients and residential patients admitted into the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court in each month from October 2008 to November 2009.

Month of AdmissionAverage (mean) length of admission (days)

In-patients

Residential patients

October 2008

38

17

November 2008

30

17

December 2008

28

13

January 2009

17

21

February 2009

25

19

March 2009

23

18

April 2009

17

19

May 2009

17

16

June 2009

16

18

July 2009

23

19

August 2009

19

21

September 2009

25

18

October 2009

23

19

November 2009

23

20

Notes:

1. Patients include Naval Service Personnel, Army Personnel including those from the Gibraltar Regiment, RAF Personnel, Reservists and UK Civilians. These exclude Special Forces and Other Nations’ Service Personnel.

2. The DPTS is a live system that is constantly being updated. Therefore data are provisional and subject to change.

3. For any patient admitted more than once as an in-patient or residential patient between October 2008 and November 2009, the length of each admission has been calculated separately.

4. An in-patient is a patient that has been admitted and allocated a ward bed. A residential patient is a patient that is on a three week rehabilitation course; they are not allocated a ward bed, but reside in dormitory style accommodation.

Data prior to this period could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Data for later months are still being compiled, including for patients whose stay at Headley Court continues; patients who have not yet completed their stay at DMRC are not included in the figures shown.