Bed occupancy in psychiatric units in Greater London is 113%

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.166 (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:166
  1. Doris Hollander,
  2. Robin Powell,
  3. Robert Tobiansky
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Camden and Islington Community Health Services Trust, Waterlow Unit, London N19 5NF
  2. Consultant psychiatrist North West London Mental Health Trust, Central Middlesex Hospital, London NW10 7NS
  3. Consultant psychiatrist Colindale Hospital, London NW9 5HG

    EDITOR,—On 26 May this year we surveyed bed occupancy in the acute psychiatric units in inner and outer London. Using a telephone method described elsewhere,1 we obtained information from all 117 wards within 50 NHS units covering 29 districts. The bed occupancy of all the Thames regional areas of Greater London exceeded 100% (table 1). Beds were available in only four districts. These figures are lower than those found in other studies2 but exceed those found in our four …

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