Hospital Beds

Health written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Conservative, Kingswood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what the total number was of patients staying in emergency beds for more than (a) 14 days and (b) 28 days in each year since 1997;

(2) what the total number was of emergency bed days taken up by patients staying in emergency beds longer than (a) 14 days and (b) 28 days in each year since 1997.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The national health service does not categorise beds as emergency and non-emergency beds. NHS Information Centre Hospital Episode Statistics information on the number of emergency admissions with a total length of stay of more than 14 or 28 days, along with the total length of stay for all such admissions, is shown in the following table. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

Count of discharge episodes(1) and total bed days(2) where there was an emergency admission method(3) and a total length of stay(4) in hospital of (a) more than 14 days and (b) more than 28 days in England from 1997-98 to 2010-11
Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
Length of stay: More than 14 days More than 28 days(5)
  Discharge episodes Total bed days Discharge episodes Total bed days
1997-98 540,241 25,653,961 232,379 19,484,769
1998-99 556,056 25,472,015 240,015 19,137,471
1999-2000 556,216 23,952,506 241,201 17,632,440
2000-01 570,342 26,954,807 253,512 20,596,108
2001-02 588,888 26,284,646 266,341 19,798,465
2002-03 598,440 26,368,633 271,961 19,798,801
2003-04 613,344 26,044,563 274,091 19,225,431
2004-05 602,846 25,302,016 265,957 18,532,851
2005-06 578,605 23,952,023 251,844 17,394,544
2006-07 548,300 22,925,967 237,405 16,689,852
2007-08 529,999 20,652,793 226,372 14,559,261
2008-09 550,637 21,468,684 234,510 15,120,476
2009-10 552,643 21,036,016 231,147 14,584,190
2010-11 537,841 20,442,818 221,400 14,103,317
(1) Discharge episode: A discharge episode is the last episode during a hospital stay (a spell), where the patient is discharged from the hospital or transferred to another hospital. (2) Total bed days: This is the sum of the spell duration for all spells that ended within the financial year. It should be noted that bed days are only counted for finished spells during a financial year (including those from spells that started the preceding year). (3) Method of admission (emergencies): This field contains a code which identifies how the patient was admitted to hospital. (4) Length of stay (duration of spell): The difference in days between the admission date and the discharge date (duration of spell), where both dates are given. Length of stay is based on hospital stays and only applies to ordinary admissions not day cases (unless otherwise stated). (5) Length of stay (More than 28 days):The count of discharge episodes and total bed days where there was a length of stay of more than 28 days are included in the count of discharge episodes and total bed days where there was a length of stay of more than 14 days. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care

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