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Number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom (UK) 2000-2019

The number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom has undergone a decline since the year 2000. Whereas in 2000, there were around 240 thousand beds in the UK, by 2018 this figure was approximately 163.9 thousand. This means over this twenty-year period there were over 75 thousand fewer hospital beds in the UK.

Fewer beds but admissions are still high

There were almost 1.49 million admissions to hospital between July and September 2019 in England. This quarterly figure of admissions has remained fairly consistent since 2014. The busiest hospital trust in England by admissions in the year 2018/19 was the University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust with over 393 thousand admissions. The average length of stay in hospitals in the UK between 2011 to 2016 for acute care was six days.

Accident and Emergency

In the fourth quarter of 2018/19, A&E in England received over 6.2 million attendees. The number of attendances has been creeping upwards since 2012. 5.1 percent of people attending A&E in the last year were diagnosed with a dislocation, fracture, joint injury or amputation, followed by 5 percent with a respiratory condition.

Annual number of hospital beds in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2019

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Source

Release date

July 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Break in reporting.
** Estimated value.
*** Provisional value.

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