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Health & FitnessThe number of beds in Wales' hospitals is the lowest it has ever been

13:30  30 august  2019
13:30  30 august  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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The number of beds in Welsh hospitals has fallen by more than 1,000 (8%) in three years, BBC Wales has discovered. Statistics from Welsh health boards after Freedom of Information requests also reveal that many hospitals are routinely overcrowded. Bed occupancy is recommended not to

Hospitals in Wales have the lowest number of beds in Europe for patients with acute life-threatening illnesses. Wales has 3.2 critical care beds per 100,000 But the report advises that the problems are unlikely to be solved by providing more beds whilst existing beds are not being used efficiently.

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Hospitals in Wales are having to contend with the lowest number of available beds since records began, it has been revealed.

Latest figures from the Welsh Government show that, on average, 10,564 beds were available to NHS staff per day in 2018-19.

That is the lowest number since the statistics were first recorded in 1996-97 when 15,582 beds could be accessed.

Medical advances, leading to shorter stays in hospital, and a shift in policy towards providing treatment and care outside hospital have contributed to the fall in bed numbers.

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The number of beds in Welsh hospitals has fallen by more than 1,000 (8%) in three years, BBC Wales has discovered. Statistics from Welsh health boards after Freedom of Information requests also reveal that many hospitals are routinely overcrowded. Bed occupancy is recommended not to

However, bed occupancy rates continue to be higher than recommended, making it difficult to process patients through hospitals and delaying transfers of care.

Here we take a close look at the figures and ask the experts what this means for patients across Wales.


Why does bed occupancy matter?

The number of beds in Wales' hospitals is the lowest it has ever been © Peter Byrne/PA Wire Norovirus is easily spread

It is widely recognised that reduced bed capacity often has a significant knock-on effect for the rest of the NHS system, leading to longer waits in A&E , cancelled operations and a reduction in quality of care.

Dr Jo Mower, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) in Wales, said: "Bed occupancy levels provide a valuable indicator of capacity and patient flow through the hospital.

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Hospitals in Wales have the lowest number of beds in Europe for patients with acute life-threatening illnesses. Wales has 3.2 critical care beds per 100,000 But the report advises that the problems are unlikely to be solved by providing more beds whilst existing beds are not being used efficiently.

"The link between high bed occupancy and declining hospital performance has been well-established."

When hospitals operate above an 85% occupancy rate, experts claim the risk of infections, unsafe levels of staffing and delays in treatment are more likely.


What are the figures like in Wales?

The number of beds in Wales' hospitals is the lowest it has ever been © Rob Browne Hospital staff at work

The average number of daily available beds in Welsh NHS hospitals has declined by almost a third since the figures were first compiled in 1996-97.

And as a consequence, the percentage occupancy rate has increased gradually almost year-on-year.

In 2018-19, the average available beds per day fell by 149 (1.4%) when compared with the previous 12 months, while bed occupancy improved slightly by 0.2 percentage points. However, bed occupancy has dropped from a "safe" 78.3% in 1996-97 to 86.8% in 2018-19.

Across the five main largest treatment specialities - general medicine, general surgery, geriatric medicine, trauma and orthopaedics - the number of daily beds has decreased every year since 2009-10, while the percentage occupancy rate has risen.

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Looking at 2018-19 in isolation, hospitals in Betsi Cadwaladr and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg had the most average daily available beds (2,221 and 2,150 respectively), while Velindre and Powys Teaching Health Board had the fewest (40 and 214 respectively).

Hywel Dda University Health Board had the highest bed occupancy rate with 88.3%, followed by Cardiff and Vale (87.9%), ABMU (87.2%) and Aneurin Bevan (86.5%).

Out of the eight health boards and trusts, six had decreases in available beds when comparing 2018-19 with the previous 12 months, while three had increases in percentage occupancy.

What do the experts think?

One of the biggest problems facing the Welsh NHS is our ageing population and the increasing number of elderly patients requiring hospital care.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) estimates that at least 250 more hospital beds are needed in Wales to get occupancy rates back to safe levels.

Vice President Dr Jo Mower said: "Annual data published shows a gradual decline in the number of available beds in hospitals across Wales.

"To deliver patient care to an increasingly growing and ageing population NHS Wales must invest in additional staffed beds in hospitals and in the community to alleviate overcrowding in emergency departments."

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What do the politicians think?

Plaid Cymru health spokeswoman Helen Mary Jones claims there has been a "deliberate policy" of cutting beds.

She said: "In many cases, technology means that you can go home far more quickly, and many operations that used to mean two weeks in hospital now get done in one day.

"The main problem has been closing community hospital beds that provided a useful intermediate service this results in bed occupancy in acute hospitals becoming longer than it should be.

"This is compounded by the closure of inpatient units for ideological reasons for example the closure of the perinatal unit."

The number of beds in Wales' hospitals is the lowest it has ever been © Plaid Cymru Helen Mary Jones AM

She added that due to the 85% threshold being broken for several years, Welsh hospitals are now frequently "unsafe".

"Delays happen because patients can't be admitted to a ward, planned operations get cancelled because the beds are needed for emergency use, and the lack of community hospital beds mean patients can't be transferred to those settings as part of a planned discharge.

"It basically clogs up the system – it's why you have poor performance in A&E.

"A Plaid Cymru Welsh Government would seek to rebuild and reopen community hospitals to provide step down care for people coming out of hospitals."

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Welsh Conservative health spokeswoman Angela Burns AM, said: " Sadly, these figures are just the latest example in a long line of Welsh Government failings impacting the people of Wales in their time of need.

“Since Welsh Labour gained control of the NHS in Wales, bed numbers have declined by almost one third. And it isn’t an isolated issue; it’s a clear sign of problems in recruitment, funding, post-treatment social care and it goes on to severely impact ambulance response times, putting more lives at risk.

“This Health Minister has overseen crisis after crisis within our deteriorating health service."

The number of beds in Wales' hospitals is the lowest it has ever been © Andrew James

What has the Welsh Government said in response?

The Welsh Government said bed numbers were not an accurate marker for good care.

A spokesman said: "The Welsh NHS is treating more people than ever before and bed occupancy has fallen over the past two years as the NHS uses bed capacity more efficiently.

"For example, more people are receiving same day emergency care and having surgery as day cases, meaning they don’t need a bed for an overnight stay.

"Also our long-term strategy for healthcare in Wales, supported by the £100m Transformation Fund, aims to provide care closer to home by increasing community and primary care services.”

Individual health boards also have their own initiatives to keep patients at home for longer and get them out of hospital beds as quickly as possible when they are ready.

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