Establishment—number of available beds for admitted patients/residents, average N[NNN]
Identifying and definitional attributes
Metadata item type:
Number of available beds for admitted patients
Health, Superseded 03/12/2008
The average number of beds which are immediately available for use by an admitted patient or resident within the establishment. A bed is immediately available for use if it is located in a suitable place for care with nursing and auxiliary staff available within a reasonable period.
Average available beds, rounded to the nearest whole number.
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
Guide for use:
The average bed is to be calculated from monthly figures.
This metadata item was amended during 1996-97. Until then, both average and end-of-year counts of available beds were included, and the end-of-year counts used as surrogates for the average counts if the latter were unavailable. The average count is more useful for accurate characterisation of establishments and comparisons.