unavailable bed

unavailable bed

An NHS term for a bed which is allocated to a specialty/facility within the bed complement, but is temporarily out of use for various reasons (e.g., lack of staff to support patient care, redecoration of the area where the bed is situated, infection in the area, etc.), which prevents patients from being cared for in that area.
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When the daily total of unavailable beds is added up, figures show, over the two months as many as 1,082 beds were out of action.
This was driven by unscheduled care, clinical decisions, unavailable beds in difficult situations that were recognised across every part of the UK.
Alan Norman, Ensign's Chief Financial Officer, affirmed that the Company has developed a very narrow and well-defined standard for identifying unavailable beds, to ensure consistency in periodic comparisons and to avoid taking licensed beds out of service without good reason.
Unavailable beds, surgeons, equipment failure, emergency cases and theatre lists over-running are among the reasons given for cancelling operations at the last minute.