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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]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.
[Expand]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
25-Jan 20217,8401,4599,29921849267
26-Jan 20217,8801,4619,34121156267
27-Jan 20217,9021,4019,30322145266
28-Jan 20217,8601,4309,29021852270
29-Jan 20217,8521,4359,28721654270
30-Jan 20217,7481,5219,26920348251
31-Jan 20217,8121,4699,28120552257
01-Feb 20217,8161,4819,29720360263
02-Feb 20217,7791,5009,27920357260
03-Feb 20217,7441,4949,23819666262
04-Feb 20217,7291,5339,26219662258
05-Feb 20217,7121,5609,27219759256
06-Feb 20217,6431,6169,25918856244
07-Feb 20217,6221,6159,23718954243
08-Feb 20217,6971,5409,23718373256
09-Feb 20217,7471,5139,26017785262
10-Feb 20217,6491,6209,26917980259
11-Feb 20217,6661,5729,23819266258
12-Feb 20217,5331,6989,23119758255
13-Feb 20217,5491,6569,20519434228
14-Feb 20217,5001,7059,20518939228
15-Feb 20217,6631,5719,23417956235
16-Feb 20217,6601,5679,22717860238
17-Feb 20217,7041,5449,24818160241
18-Feb 20217,6991,4749,17318945234
19-Feb 20217,6661,5289,19418348231
20-Feb 20217,6151,5469,16118045225
21-Feb 20217,6721,4999,17117551226
22-Feb 20217,7891,4419,23017459233
23-Feb 20217,7971,4469,24317656232
24-Feb 20217,7691,4749,24317173244
25-Feb 20217,7031,5549,25716878246

Metadata

Title

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

Last update

26 February 2021 26 February 2021

Next update

1 March 2021

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. However, not all health boards implemented this change on that date. Following and update to guidance, more local health boards implemented this change from 4 December.
From 18 January, no patients occupying an invasive ventilated bed (critical care bed) should be counted as “recovering” COVID-19 patients. Any patient previously reported as “recovering” will now be counted under “confirmed”. This will result in an increase in the number of invasive ventilated beds occupied by “confirmed” COVID-19 patients and no invasive ventilated beds showing as occupied by “recovering” patients. This change will have no impact on the total number of COVID-19 related patients.
From 1 February 2021, guidance was reiterated to health boards that patients who were already in hospital and contracted COVID-19, but have now recovered and are back on their original setting, should be reported as non-COVID-19. This may affect a small number of patients who are in acute hospitals or mental health settings and may result in a decrease in recovering patients and an increase in non-COVID-19 patients.

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