Press release

Statistical press notice: Bed Availability and Occupancy – Quarter ending 30th June 2012

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The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:  Bed Availability and Occupancy - Quarter ending 30th June 2012: …

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

 Bed Availability and Occupancy - Quarter ending 30th June 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 137,642 in Quarter 1 2012/13 compared with 140,449 in Quarter 4 2011/12.
  • The average occupancy rate for all beds open overnight was 85.8% in Quarter 1 2012/13 compared with 86.9% in Quarter 4 2011/12.
  • The average daily number of general and acute beds open overnight was 105,161 in Quarter 1 2012/13 compared with 107,444 in Quarter 4 2011/12.
  • The average occupancy rate for general and acute beds open overnight was 87.5% in Quarter 1 2012/13 compared with 89.0% in Quarter 4 2011/12.
  • The average daily number of day only beds was 11,614 in Quarter 1 2012/13 compared with 11,715 in Quarter 4 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.

Notes to Editors

This dataset covers the number of beds for each NHS provider which are available for patients to have treatment or care.

Feedback welcomed

We welcome feedback on the content and presentation of these statistics within this Statistical Press Notice and those published on the DH website. If anyone has any comments on this, or any other issues regarding the data and statistics, then please email:  

Unify2@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Additional Information

Full details of activity data for individual organisations

Press enquiries:

To contact the Media Centre, please refer to the Department of Health’s website for the relevant contact details.

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) statistician responsible for producing these data is:

Clare Hiblin

Knowledge and Intelligence

Department of Health

Room 4E63, Quarry House, Quarry Hill,LeedsLS2 7UE

Email: Unify2@dh.gsi.gov.uk