Where do the numbers come from?
Occupancy of bed per day and over time
Figures on occupancy of regular hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) beds are provided by the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). This data is available in the form of an open data file. As of 1 July 2021, the LCPS bases the weekend figures on (historical) data known to the LCPS.
- Download the csv-file with LCPS open data on occupancy of regular hospital beds
- Read the description of the data set on occupancy of regular hospital beds and ICU beds
- Download the csv-file with LCPS open data file on ICU bed occupancy
How are the numbers calculated?
Occupancy of regular hospital beds
The LCPS registers the number of beds on regular hospital wards that are occupied by COVID-19 patients. Figures from before 1 June 2020 may be less reliable, as the LCPS was still in the process of setting up its registration system at that time.
ICU bed occupancy
The LCPS data set includes both the number of ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and the number of ICU beds occupied by other patients. The percentage of ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is calculated by dividing the number of ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients by the total number of occupied ICU beds. ICU bed occupancy does not include any Dutch patients in German ICUs, as the main purpose of this figure is to show the capacity of Dutch ICUs.
Figures from before 1 June 2020 may be less reliable as the LCPS was still in the process of setting up its registration system at that time.
Differences between the figures LCPS and NICE
There are differences between the LCPS and NICE registration systems. The LCPS system focuses on bed occupancy (capacity), the NICE system focuses on patients. An increase in occupancy does not fully reflect the number of new patients. When a patient is discharged from hospital, the bed does not immediately become available. It is also possible that one bed may have several occupants over the course of a day. Each of these data sets contains different information and is used for different purposes. These figures are therefore not directly interchangeable.
Adjustments definitions LCPS
The LCPS has adapted the definitions. An unlabeled patient is no longer counted as a COVID occupancy as of December 12, 2022 if the patient with an indication of COVID has been admitted and is negative and/or without risk of infection within the same admission period or within the time frame of one month. Previously, unlabeled patients were shown as COVID occupancy.