Finding hospital beds
Our Emergency Bed Service helps NHS healthcare professionals find hospital beds for seriously ill patients, and provides a safeguarding referral service for our crews.
We arrange for admission or referral of around 50,000 patients a year, as well as a range of other services.
Our Emergency Bed Service:
- helps GPs in London to make arrangements for patients to be admitted to hospital;
- collects information on the availability of intensive care beds for adults and children;
- directs hospitals to the nearest intensive care bed for their patient;
- helps hospitals to find beds for children if their children’s ward is full; and
- coordinates the service that transfers poorly new-born babies between hospitals in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
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