Unavailable bed | definition of unavailable bed by Medical dictionary
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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References in periodicals archive
If the sight of a big city's A&E being clogged up by tens of patients on trollies waiting for unavailable beds
isn't proof enough that the NHS is in real crisis, nothing ever will be.
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.