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Date: 21 September 2023
Hospital bed management is one of the most important tasks to enable the hospital to function as the performance of many hospital departments are dependent on the way the beds are managed. Bed management involves constantly monitoring hospital admissions, discharges and patient movement within the hospital so that accurate information is gathered to identify bed availability across all wards. The bed managers use this information to place patients in beds on the wards that are most appropriate to their needs.
There is a Bed Manager/Clinical Site Co-ordinator on duty 24hours, 7 days a week who can be contacted via the internal hospital bleep system bleep 000 or by telephone on extension 2144.
The Bed Management Team is a relatively small team of 7 people comprised of 6 Bed Managers/Clinical Site Co-ordinators headed by a Senior Clinical Capacity Manager. All of the bed management team are qualified nurses whose combined years of knowledge, skills and experience of a variety of specialities and ward areas are invaluable to this role.
The role of the Bed Manager/Clinical Site Co-ordinator is to constantly monitor predicted and actual current bed availability based upon the information provided by wards and departments.
Managing beds might seem like a fairly straightforward task. However, bed availability within a hospital setting is constantly fluctuating and changing in response to the number of planned and emergency admissions, discharges and patient movement and transfer between specialities and ward areas. When patients need to be admitted to hospital in an emergency it is important they are admitted quickly and to an appropriate bed. For patients being admitted for routine surgery, it is important to minimise the number of occasions that admissions are cancelled as a result of there being no bed available.