Government reveals the bed-blocking blackspots
Operators looking to expand into new areas would be well advised to consult new government statistics (2000-01) which show the areas where hospital bed blocking is greatest or least. Croydon, for example, should be avoided at all costs because bed blocking is almost unknown, largely due to minimal care home closures. By contrast, South Essex is well worth considering because one in seven hospital beds is said to be occupied by a patient ready for discharge. Other areas with high bed blocking rates include South Staffordshire, North and Mid-Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Suffolk, Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley, Southampton and South West Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and West Surrey. Areas to avoid include Wigan and Bolton, South Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Sandwell, Stockport, East Lancashire, Manchester and Devon.