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  • Release date: 30 August 2018
  • Period covered: 2017-18
Annual report which provides information on the number of NHS beds at Wales and Local Health Board level.

Key points

  • The long-term trend shows that while the average number of beds has decreased, the percentage occupancy has increased. 
  • The average daily available beds continued to fall this year and has now declined by almost a third since 1996-97.
  • The percentage occupancy of available NHS beds decreased slightly this year after a general increase since 1996-97.
  • Out of the 8 health boards and trusts, 5 had decreases in available beds this year whilst 2 had increases in percentage occupancy.
  • Beds available for the specialty old age psychiatry had the highest decrease this year compared to 2016-17 while the biggest increase was for Paediatrics.


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