Annual Hospital Beds Information

In order to provide an effective, safe and efficient service to patients, hospitals must balance the provision of staffed beds against anticipated demand. Historically, the total number of beds has been reducing in line with evolving models of healthcare provision which aim to reduce the frequency and duration of hospital admissions and improve the integration of health and social care services. This strategy aims to improve outcomes for patients and reduce the likelihood of future hospital admissions.

Further information on hospital beds can be found in the recent annual publication.

The date of the next release can be found on our list of forthcoming publications.

As part of making our open data output align better with our annual publication tables, we have applied column ordering to the Inpatient, Outpatient and Beds files in the September 2021 annual open data release consistent with the publication excel tables.

Data and Resources

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Source Beds information is sourced aggregate data returns (ISD(S)1)
Author Secondary Care Team
Version 1.0
Last Updated September 28, 2021, 11:15 (BST)
Created September 24, 2020, 13:57 (BST)
Contact Address Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject Hospital Care
Frequency Annual
Time frame of data and timeliness Data is published from financial year ending 31 March 2011 to financial year ending 31 March 2020.
Coverage Covers all NHS Boards in Scotland since financial year ending 31 March 2011.
Completeness PHS do not produce completeness levels for ISD(S)1, however, the Data Management team query any unusual numbers with NHS Boards. Note that estimates are applied by PHS to missing data in the ISD(S)1 dataset used for beds and return outpatient figures.
Accuracy Please refer to Appendix A2 of the report.
Continuity of data Data is available since financial year ending 31 March 2011. Due to problems with the implementation of a new patient administration system, no ISD(S)1 returns were submitted for NHS Grampian from quarters ending March 2011 until June 2014. NHS Highland has had similar problems from quarters ending March 2014 until September 2015. Missing data were estimated and more details on this can be found in the Beds Methodology section in Appendix 2 of the report. Change to Council Area/NHS Board codes:There has been two minor boundary changes to council area since early 2018. As a result, the following geographies are impacted and new 9-digit codes have been generated: Council Areas, Electoral Wards, Health Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Police Divisions, Fire and Rescue, Postcodes and LAU1. Further details on these changes and the affected geography codes are detailed in the Geography Codes and Labels dataset metadata: Hospital/location code changes: Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary (Y104H) moved location in December 2017, and activity is now recorded under a new code, Y146H. The name remains “Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary”. To ensure that no activity is missed, and to allow trends to be presented, the two hospital codes Y146H and Y104H (for SMR01 and SMR00 activity) are combined in our analyses under Y146H. The old site (Y104H) still exists and is now a treatment centre named “Mountainhall Treatment Centre”. This new activity will be reported separately under a new code (Y177C) which came into effect in December 2017. From 1st December 2018, Stirling Community Hospital closed along with all its wards and the Bellfield Centre opened. The Bellfield Centre provides short-term inpatient care, assessment or rehabilitation for people who require additional support following an operation or illness. Within the Bellfield Centre there is one new NHS ward, the Wallace Suite. Most of the beds are converting to partnership controlled intermediate beds. This may impact on NHS Forth Valley’s bed figures. Balfour Hospital (R101H) moved location between April and November 2019. Both the hospital name and code have changed to “The Balfour” and R103H respectively. For inpatient and beds activity, both hospital codes have been added together. For outpatient activity, both hospital locations are reported separately whilst this move is still in transition. “Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice” and “Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice” – new location has been built in 2018 with different location codes. The new location code is G604V; the old one G414V).
Concepts and definitions Please see and the Glossary section within the report and the excel data tables which accompany this publication. Further details are also available on the Health and Social Care Data Dictionary: For detailed information on the data sources and clinical coding used within Hospital Care analysis please refer to the SMR Datasets, ISD(S)1 data collection and Terminology Services web pages:
Disclosure The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol is followed.
Revision statement All revisions to data within this release are planned and are due to incomplete data returns at the time of publication. All tables will be revised annually. In general, these revisions have minimal effect on the statistics. If data providers discover that data submitted for publication is incorrect, and/or missing/incomplete and is significant, this can be re-submitted and published in subsequent releases. Any changes will be highlighted within the notes on the affected table.Please see the PHS revisions policy for further details.
Official statistics designation The UK Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics, available on the UK Statistics Authority website.
Relevance and key uses of the statistics To compare areas and activity across Scotland and view trends over time. To allow NHS Board employees to compare activity levels nationally, e.g. NHS clinical consultants interested in their specialty figures by NHS Board, NHS information managers planning capacity, to assist in the development of Service Agreements between NHS Boards. To investigate the implications of common systemic diseases in Scotland as a basis for assessing health demands in the future. To assess whether patients were treated within or outwith their own NHS Board. To allow members of the public to readily access information on the number of hospital admissions for specific diagnoses or procedures that may be of personal interest to them. To assist students and universities conducting medical studies for research purposes. Private companies interested in hospital activity levels in Scotland such as pharmaceutical companies, consultancy companies employed by NHS Trusts in England, advertising/media companies on behalf of clients. To provide statistical information for political campaigns, e.g. to halt reductions in acute NHS beds.
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