In response to alarming statistics highlighting high bed occupancy levels in hospitals across the UK, Medstrom Healthcare has launched a new bed rental service designed to address both the financial challenges and high bed occupancy issues which are being faced by the NHS.

According to statistics from NHS England in its situational report during winter 2018/19, last winter, the bed occupancy rate across NHS England fell over the festive period before rising to 95 percent by 7th January 2019 and staying above 93 percent for the entire month. This goes against the National Audit Office’s (NAO) recommendation of a maximum safe bed occupancy of 85 percent.

In addition, excluding 21st to 29th December, bed occupancy did not drop below 92 percent throughout the winter of 2018/19. Bed occupancy remained at 94 percent in the first few days of March, before NHS England stopped publishing winter situational reports. At that time, 3,428 ‘escalation beds’ remained open, which represented 3.5 percent of total bed stock.

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This high level of bed occupancy puts the NHS under extreme pressure and increases patient vulnerability.

To combat the current hospital bed crisis, Medstrom Healthcare has developed an innovative, cost-effective and responsive solution with its new bed rental offering. It has been designed to address both the financial challenges and high bed occupancy issues which are being faced by the NHS now and throughout the coming months.

Medstrom has invested significant capital funds in a large fleet of hospital beds and offers free, next-day delivery seven days a week, including delivery of each bed to the ward and full user training by highly trained technicians. This means that if a hospital identifies an urgent need for escalation beds at 5pm on a Friday afternoon, Medstrom will deliver on Saturday.

This service level is offered to hospitals in mainland England, Wales and most parts of Scotland. Delivery to other areas of UK may take a day longer, notes Medstrom.

In addition to its standard hospital beds, Medstrom is also offering its specialist ultra-low bed as part of its rental fleet. The company’s ultra-low beds provide a safe environment, encouraging independent and safe mobilisation without the risk of falls.

Medstrom offers a choice of split side rails or folding side rails on its ultra-low bed, enabling clinicians to select the most appropriate option for their clinical environment and patient type.

Medstrom Healthcare is the only independent provider of bed management services to the NHS. With 18 contracts across 65 hospital sites, it is the second largest provider of bed management services to the NHS, managing around 20 percent of the acute bed and mattress fleet.

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