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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 9 March 2017
  • Period covered: Quarter ending December 2016 and February 2017
  • Next update: 20 April 2017
Monthly data on the transfer of NHS patients to a more appropriate care setting.

Changes to how we publish

To achieve more coherence, from April we are planning to start to publish all of our monthly NHS activity statistics on a single day each month. All of the existing data will still be available monthly through StatsWales and we will produce an overarching commentary. To allow you to explore the data better and to see it in one place, we will also be making available an online tool. Please see the Chief Statistician’s update (external link) for more information.

February 2017

Release date: 09 March 2017

Delayed Transfers of Care: October 2004 to February 2017 - 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. However they have decreased in the last few months.

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 391; this is a reduction of 1 on the previous month.
  • 101 patients were delayed on acute wards, 88 in mental health facilities and 202 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 33% of all delays, community care reasons for 22%, selection of care home 16% and waiting for availability of care home place 13%.
  • 156 patients (40%) were aged 85 and over, including 76 (19%) aged 90 plus.
  • 191 patients (49%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 14 (4%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 22 days (17 days for patients on acute wards, 35 days for patients in mental health facilities and 21 days for patients on community, rehabilitation and other wards).

Quarter ending 31 December 2016

Release date: 09 February 2017

The quarterly report shows data for the latest quarter plus trends from October 2004 to date.


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