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Data Provider: Welsh Government NHS beds by specialty
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[Collapse]All Specialties12,806.712,149.311,809.711,497.011,241.511,061.510,934.710,856.710,712.310,563.7
All Specialties[Expand]Surgical Acute2,863.42,655.62,547.82,439.62,427.22,448.42,421.72,354.62,345.02,297.9
[Expand]Medical Acute4,754.84,608.54,696.24,714.74,640.24,569.34,556.74,537.24,502.44,521.1
[Expand]Other Acute830.7733.8662.8588.8533.6509.2534.2519.9517.5515.0
[Expand]Mental Illness2,016.11,918.61,857.41,767.61,703.51,643.81,606.31,552.81,475.01,421.5
[Expand]Geriatric Medicine1,561.81,490.11,307.71,289.71,273.61,219.61,148.51,229.21,204.81,185.0
[Expand]Learning Disability190.5163.6158.5146.7142.1141.3141.6135.9137.6122.6
[Expand]Community Medicine51.751.052.947.846.044.740.240.840.925.8
[Expand]Occupational Medicine..........
[Expand]Nursing Activity..
[Expand]High Dependency Care63.7106.289.583.881.079.968.566.169.369.8
[Expand]Paediatric Intensive Therapy Unit19.124.119.618.418.820.834.421.519.217.6
[Expand]Special Care Baby Units190.8202.0200.4179.4166.4166.7167.7164.4167.8164.5
[Expand]Bone Marrow Unit14.717.518.612.310.
[Expand]Intensive Care114.2126.5121.1109.2100.0128.6153.3152.6152.8153.2


NHS Beds by organisation and specialty since 2009-10

Last update
29 August 2019 29 August 2019

Next update
August 2020 (provisional)

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
QueSt1 return, NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)

Source 2
NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)

Contact email


Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
Local health boards

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
This table presents summary information, from the QueSt1 return, provided by the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS), on bed use in Wales.

The data do not present data on average length of stay, turnover interval and bed use factor. These indicators are calculated using data on deaths and discharges which is no longer collected via the QS1 return, and need to be derived from the Patient Episode Database for Wales (PEDW) for 2012-13 onwards. When carrying out more detailed analysis of the deaths and discharges data from PEDW in preparation for the 2012-13 release, data quality issues arose in relation to assessment unit (AU) activity reporting in QS1 and in PEDW and how this should be treated in the data. It was identified that there is inconsistency in the reporting of assessment units, with some LHBs reporting AU activity within their beds data, and others omitting them. This inconsistency in the reporting of AU activity is also likely to affect historic data.

Please find information on changes to the data published on NHS beds, as per the given weblink.

Data collection and calculation
Please find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
Data is shown from 2009-10 onwards.

Users, uses and context
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Revisions information
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Statistical quality
Recoding for 2016-17: It has been identified that North Wales Adolescent Service moved from their site in Colwyn Bay to Abergele Hospital in 2009. Prior to 2009-10, these beds were recorded under North Wales Adolescent Service, while they have been recorded under the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board total, and were not recorded under a hospital site, from 2009-10 onwards. During 2016-17, it was agreed that this data should be recorded under Abergele, and this change is reflected in the publication.
Ysbyty Gwynedd and University Hospital Llandough submitted data under the neurology specialty in 2016-17. This has been reported under other neurology, as this is consistent with how data is submitted by other hospitals.

Recoding in 2017-18: From April 2016, new codes were introduced for describing specialties to add more detail to data collections. Until all health boards are able to report data consistently using the more detailed codes, we have recoded specialties as their previous description to avoid inconsistent reporting. Specifically, ‘Breast Surgery’ data has been recoded as ‘General Surgery’ which is how it has been recorded historically. We recoded ‘Stroke Medicine’ as ‘General Medicine’ and ‘Interventional Radiology’ as ‘Radiology’.

Please find further information regarding data quality in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.

Statistical release:

From 1st October 2009, reforms took place across NHS organisations in Wales, involving a number of organisation mergers and renaming of organisations. Full details of the reforms can be found at

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