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Emergency bed register announced

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:575

A national bed register covering the whole of England is to be in place by this winter to enable doctors to locate emergency beds quickly and avoid the crisis of last winter, when patients in need of intensive care had to travel long distances.

A central database will provide up to date information round the clock on the availability of beds in all general, paediatric, neonatal, and neurosurgical units. By December, 234 intensive care units with 2600 adult and child beds will be linked to …

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