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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 25 August 2016
  • Period covered: Quarter ending June 2016 and July 2016
  • Next update: 8 September 2016
Monthly data on the transfer of NHS patients to a more appropriate care setting.

Monthly data are published on StatsWales with a summary headline and a report is published quarterly.

Delayed transfers of care, October 2004 to July 2016 - Chart showing actual numbers delayed each month from October 2004, and a rolling 3 month average, which removes short-term fluctuations. This shows that numbers fell overall between late 2004 and early 2014 but have risen a little since then.

July 2016

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 482; this is an increase of 38 (9%) on the previous month.
  • 132 patients were delayed on acute wards, 111 in mental health facilities and 239 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 28% of all delays, community care reasons for 25%, selection of care home 12% and waiting for availability of care home place 18%.
  • 178 patients (37%) were aged 85 and over, including 87 (18%) aged 90 plus.
  • 224 patients (46%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 22 (5%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 24 days (16 days for patients on acute wards, 65 days for patients in mental health facilities and 24 days for patients on community, rehabilitation and other wards).

April to June 2016

The quarterly report shows data for the latest quarter plus trends from 2005 to date.


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