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Statistical Press notice: Bed Availability and Occupancy

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The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health: Bed Availability and Occupancy - Quarter ending 31st March 2012: …

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

Bed Availability and Occupancy - Quarter ending 31st March 2012:

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 140,449 in Quarter 4 2011/12 compared with 138,080 in Quarter 3 2011/12.
  • The average occupancy rate for all beds open overnight was 86.9% in Quarter 4 2011/12 compared with 85.3% in Quarter 3 2011/11.
  • The average daily number of general and acute beds open overnight was 107,444 in Quarter 4 2011/12 compared with 105,318 in Quarter 3 2011/12.
  • The average occupancy rate for general and acute beds open overnight was 89.0% in Quarter 4 2011/12 compared with 86.9% in Quarter 3 2011/12.
  • The average daily number of day only beds was 11,715 in Quarter 4 2011/12 compared with 11,324 in Quarter 3 2011/12.

From quarter 2 2011/12 onwards we have had responses from six NHS Foundation trusts which had not submitted previously, therefore caution should be made when making comparisons at national and SHA level over time.

We have processed revisions received for data from Q1 2010/11 onwards and all published data has been updated to reflect this.