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Geriatric Beds

Volume 588: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the breakdown of geriatric beds between acute rehabilitation and long stay care following the announcement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health on 5 November 1997 that 32,000 geriatric beds were available on the NHS. [HL1254]

The Department of Health does not collect information on the breakdown of geriatric beds between acute rehabilitation and long stay care. The latest information that is available is given in the table.

Table: Average daily number of available beds in geriatric wards in National Health Service trusts in England, 1996–97
Number
Elderly: Normal Care130,000
Elderly: Limited Care22,000
Elderly: Total32,000
1 Where resources permit the admission of patients who might need all but intensive therapy.
2 Where nursing care rather than continuous medical care is provided.