Swine flu bed pressure on hospitals revealed

Swine flu cases led to a 20-fold increase in bed days taken up by flu this year, with increases greatest among patients of working age, NHS Information Centre figures show.

Increase in the number of hospital beds needed reveals effect of swine flu
Increase in the number of hospital beds needed reveals effect of swine flu

In July, 3,796 days were taken up by patients with flu, compared with 207 in the same period last year.

In May and June bed days taken up by flu cases were 26% and 118% higher than in the same months last year.

The biggest change in use was seen for adults of working aged (17-59 years). This group represented 46% of bed days taken up by patients with flu this year, compared with 19% last year.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said the figures revealed the rapid increase in the demands on hospitals as a result of flu virus in July this year. ‘The peak in bed days taken up by flu in July 2009 is especially interesting as this is outside the normal flu season,' he said.

He added: ‘We will continue to monitor demand for beds to help the NHS gain a better understanding of the pressures caused by the current flu outbreak.'

GP Online recommends

NHS Information Centre

Read more

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Staff and patients attacked in 'serious incident' at GP practice

Staff and patients attacked in 'serious incident' at GP practice

Four members of staff and four patients have been injured in a 'serious incident'...

NHS bosses to rethink 'what can realistically be delivered by PCNs'

NHS bosses to rethink 'what can realistically be delivered by PCNs'

NHS England has promised to consider 'what can realistically be delivered' by primary...

PCNs: How could the network DES draft service specifications change?

PCNs: How could the network DES draft service specifications change?

Dr Simon Hodes explains how he thinks NHS England could change the network contract...

Government stripped of power to suspend pensions for doctors facing unproven charges

Government stripped of power to suspend pensions for doctors facing unproven charges

Controversial powers allowing the government to suspend pension payments for doctors...

RCGP pulls plug on oil and gas conference after protests

RCGP pulls plug on oil and gas conference after protests

The RCGP has cancelled an oil and gas exploration conference booked to take place...

BMA to hold special conference after GP leaders reject 2020 contract offer

BMA to hold special conference after GP leaders reject 2020 contract offer

GP leaders have voted to hold a special conference after rejecting a package of contract...