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Statistical Press Notice: Bed Availability and Occupancy

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Quarterly statistics for bed availability and cccupancy were released today by the Department of Health

The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

Bed Availability and Occupancy - Quarter ending 30th September 2011:

The KH03 is a Quarterly collection from all NHS organisations that operate beds, ordinary or daycase, both NHS Trusts and PCTs.  It collects the total number of available bed days and the total number of occupied bed days by consultant main specialty. Main findings are:

  • The average daily number of beds open overnight was 138,714 in Quarter 2 2011/12 compared with 137,455 in Quarter 1 2011/12.
  • The average occupancy rate for all beds open overnight was 83.9% in Quarter 2 2011/12 compared with 84.8% in Quarter 1 2011/11.
  • The average daily number of general and acute beds open overnight was 105,673 in Quarter 2 2011/12 compared with 104,620 in Quarter 1 2011/12.
  • The average occupancy rate for general and acute beds open overnight was 85.1% in Quarter 2 2011/12 compared with 86.4% in Quarter 1 2011/12.
  • The average daily number of day only beds was 11,468 in Quarter 2 2011/12 compared with 10,705 in Quarter 1 2011/12.

This quarter we have had responses from six NHS Foundation trusts for the first time, therefore caution should be made when making comparisons at national and SHA level.

Full statistics on Bed Availability and Occupancy can be found on the Department of Health website.