Oxford University Hospitals trust in ‘crisis’ as bed occupancy reaches 100 per cent

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) performance report revealed that John Radcliffe (JR), Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Churchill Hospital and Banbury’s Horton General had either reached or was edging to 100 per cent bed occupancy during April and May 2019. This resulted in the trusts having to turn corridors into temporary wards; the recommended level for bed occupancy is 85 per cent – beyond this there is increased risk of patient infection and pressure on staff to free up beds that could risk patient safety. The JR and Horton Hospital are often at 100 per cent bed occupancy for adults, whilst City Community Hospital based at Churchill Hospital and run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been closed since the end of May due to low staff numbers.

Full story available in the Oxford Mail, 8 August 2019