Number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2016

Annual number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2016

by Conor Stewart, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2016 The number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom has undergone a decline since the year 2000. Whereas in 2000, there were over 241 thousand beds in the UK, by 2016 this figure was approximately 169 thousand. This means over this sixteen-year period there were over 70 thousand fewer hospital beds in the UK.
Fewer beds but admissions are still high

There were almost 1.4 million admissions to hospital between January and March 2018 in England. This quarterly figure of admissions has remained fairly consistent since 2014. The busiest hospital trust in England by admissions in the year 2017/18 was the Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust with almost 305 thousand admissions. The average length of stay in hospitals in the UK between 2013 to 2016 for acute care was six days.

Accident and Emergency

In the third quarter of 2017/18, A&E in England received over six million attendees. The number of attendances has been creeping upwards since 2012. 6.7 percent of people attending A&E in the last year were diagnosed with a dislocation, fracture, joint injury or amputation, followed by 6.2 percent with a respiratory condition.
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Annual number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2016

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