Danger: High levels of hospital bed occupancy rates in England

Taken directly from BMJ news

  • Overall, 83.8% of the 123 707 beds available overnight were occupied between April and June this year, show bed occupancy rates data from NHS England.
  • 82 trusts exceeded the 85% rate which is generally considered to be the limit at which hospitals are able to work safely and effectively.
  • 35 of these trusts had reached occupancy levels above 90%, while six trusts reached levels above 95%.
  • “Hospitals will experience capacity pressures at lower overall occupancy rates than would previously have been the case.”
  • NHS has lost more than 4500 general and acute beds compared with before the pandemic, because of the need for stringent COVID-19 infection control measures.

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O’Dowd A. Hospital bed occupancy rates in England reach dangerously high levels. BMJ. 2021 Aug 20;374:n2079. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n2079. PMID: 34417251.