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Data Provider: Welsh Government Management Information NHS beds by date and use

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, daily information on NHS beds has been collected specifically to support transparency and understanding of NHS activity and capacity. Figures show the number of invasive ventilated beds and general and acute beds by use, hospital type, local health board and date. The data are taken from management information and are subject to change. They have not been not been subject to the same validation processes undertaken for official statistics releases.

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[Collapse]Hospital TypeData for acute hospitals are available from 1 April 2020, for field hospitals from 20 April 2020, for community hospitals from 23 April 2020 and mental health hospitals from 10 July 2020.[Filtered]
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[Collapse]General and acute beds available Excludes closed beds.Click here to sortGeneral and acute beds available Excludes closed beds.[Collapse]Invasive ventilated beds available Includes beds inside and oustide a critical care setting,  and excludes closed beds. There are usually around 152 critical care beds in Wales.Click here to sortInvasive ventilated beds available Includes beds inside and oustide a critical care setting,  and excludes closed beds. There are usually around 152 critical care beds in Wales.
[Collapse]General and acute beds occupied Click here to sortGeneral and acute beds occupied [Expand]Click here to sortVacant general and acute beds [Expand]Click here to sortInvasive ventilated bed occupied[Expand]Click here to sortVacant invasive ventilated beds
[Expand]Click here to sortGeneral and acute beds occupied by COVID-19 case Includes suspected, confirmed or recovering COVID-19 patients.[Expand]Click here to sortGeneral and acute beds occupied by non-COVID-19 case
24-Oct 20209476,4887,4351,5558,990169123292
25-Oct 20209526,5477,4991,4858,984168126294
26-Oct 20201,0256,6287,6531,3038,956173121294
27-Oct 20201,0656,6057,6701,3449,014173123296
28-Oct 20201,0506,5967,6461,4019,047171126297
29-Oct 20201,1506,3877,5371,4939,030176116292
30-Oct 20201,1726,3467,5181,5339,051171120291
31-Oct 20201,1526,2707,4221,6089,030167125292
01-Nov 20201,1946,2747,4681,5489,016159134293
02-Nov 20201,2186,4347,6521,3859,037163133296
03-Nov 20201,2906,3737,6631,4309,093163130293
04-Nov 20201,3986,2477,6451,4699,114173121294
05-Nov 20201,3056,2377,5421,4919,033165128293
06-Nov 20201,3946,0577,4511,5038,954183110293
07-Nov 20201,4165,8797,2951,6518,946178116294
08-Nov 20201,4275,9147,3411,6168,957179113292
09-Nov 20201,4106,1267,5361,4058,941184112296
10-Nov 20201,4616,0957,5561,4589,014182115297
11-Nov 20201,4775,9937,4701,5429,012178118296
12-Nov 20201,4805,9637,4431,6119,054177122299
13-Nov 2020From 13th November, only critical care beds that could be staffed are included as available. Previously all critical care beds had been included regardless of whether they could be staffed.1,5495,8797,4281,6409,068171110281
14-Nov 20201,5155,8277,3421,7089,050154130284
15-Nov 20201,5135,9377,4501,6169,066162115277
16-Nov 2020Grange University Hospital opens1,5845,9077,4912,0319,522150119269
17-Nov 20201,5916,0067,5971,9889,585157109266
18-Nov 20201,6026,0137,6151,9209,535166100266
19-Nov 20201,5806,0287,6081,9549,56217887265
20-Nov 20201,5965,9227,5181,9969,51417782259
21-Nov 20201,5875,9267,5132,1329,64517586261
22-Nov 20201,5815,9027,4832,1009,58317285257
23-Nov 20201,5796,0077,5862,0569,64218081261
24-Nov 20201,6226,0167,6382,0249,66217582257

Metadata

Title

NHS beds by use, local health board, hospital type and date

Last update

25 November 2020 25 November 2020

Next update

26 November 2020

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)

Contact email

stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Designation

Management information

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Wales

Geographical coverage

Wales

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 http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

General description

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, daily information on NHS beds has been collected specifically to support transparency and understanding of NHS activity and capacity. Figures show the number of invasive ventilated beds and general and acute beds by use, hospital type, local health board and date. The data are taken from management information and are subject to change. They have not been not been subject to the same validation processes undertaken for official statistics releases.

Data collection and calculation

Daily return from NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) at a hospital level and local health board (LHB) level. Data is submitted via a TEXT file and transferred to a SQL database. As the return is sourced from management information, hospital level data are not suitable for publication.

Frequency of publication

Daily

Data reference periods

April 2020 onwards. Following further validation, data coverage prior to April 2020 was decided to not be suitable for publication. As the data collection was set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, not all health boards were able to provide all of the information in the first week of data collection.

Revisions information

Historic data are subject to revision at any point as hospitals can re-submitted a return anytime, and therefore may differ to that previously published information.

Statistical quality

Figures include data from acute hospitals from 1 April 2020, field hospitals from 20 April 2020, community hospitals from 23 April 2020, mental health units from 10 July, and exclude data from private hospitals. Mental health units' data are submitted each Friday, and the Friday position is used as proxy for the following week, unless there is a major change in circumstances.

Data for Powys is only available from 23 April when community hospitals were included as it does not have acute hospitals. Prior to 10 July 2020, Cardiff and Vale and Cwm Taf Morgannwg health boards captured some mental health bed figures in their acute hospitals figures.

From June 2020, hospitals started to close some of the additional surge capacity that was previously put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 related hospitalisation include patients with confirmed, suspected and recovering from COVID-19. Recovering patients was a category introduced on 26 May to capture patients who were COVID-19 positive in hospital and who showed no symptoms for 14+ days but remained in hospital on a COVID-19 treatment pathway, often for rehabilitation. Aneurin Bevan started reporting recovering patients from 7 June, but these were captured in the confirmed COVID-19 category before. Cardiff and Vale classified recovering patients as non-COVID-19 patients between 1 May and 22 May. Following the change in guidance, Cardiff and Vale re-categorised these patients as COVID-19 patients, capturing them in the confirmed COVID-19 category until the recovering category was introduced on 26 May.

Admissions are the number of patients admitted to hospital between 9am on the update date and 9am the day before. COVID-19 related admissions include COVID-19 suspected or confirmed patients. The health minister announced on 13 March that all non-urgent activity should stop to prepare for the pandemic. Following the re-introduction of elective procedures from June 2020, patients admitted for elective procedures suspected of having COVID-19 were initially captured in COVID-19 related admissions, even if they received a negative test later. This inflated the numbers of suspected cases in hospital at the time of reporting.

From 29 June, patients admitted for elective procedures were only included in COVID-19 related admissions if they received a positive COVID-19 test result on arrival at the hospital. From 29 June, the guidance also changed to explicitly ask health boards to exclude transfers between acute and community hospitals from admissions figures. Prior to this, some transfers may have been captured as new admissions. From 19 October 2020 specialist critical care beds and specialist acute beds have been included in these figures. These beds have been included in the data as they are part of the available bed stock, and may be used for COVID-19 patients in exceptional circumstances. From 13th November, only critical care beds that could be staffed should be included as available. Previously, all critical care beds had been included, regardless of whether they could be staffed.

Weblinks

https://gov.wales/nhs-activity-and-capacity-during-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

Please see the Chief Statistician’s blog for more information on data quality generally. https://digitalanddata.blog.gov.wales/2020/06/04/chief-statisticians-update-measuring-people-in-hospital-and-some-thoughts-on-data-quality/' target='newtab'>https://digitalanddata.blog.gov.wales/2020/06/04/chief-statisticians-update-measuring-people-in-hospital-and-some-thoughts-on-data-quality/

Please see the Chief Statistician’s blog for more information on the terminology around invasive ventilated beds: https://digitalanddata.blog.gov.wales/

Please see the Chief Statistician’s blog for more information on reporting on recovering patients: https://digitalanddata.blog.gov.wales/2020/06/04/chief-statisticians-update-measuring-people-in-hospital-and-some-thoughts-on-data-quality/' target='newtab'>https://digitalanddata.blog.gov.wales/2020/06/04/chief-statisticians-update-measuring-people-in-hospital-and-some-thoughts-on-data-quality/

Please see the UK Government COVID-19 dashboard for information on healthcare at a UK level: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/healthcare

Keywords

COVID-19, Coronavirus, NHS, patients, beds, hospital