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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 21 April 2016
  • Period covered: October to December 2015 and March 2016
  • Next update: 26 May 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 March 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.

March 2016

Release date: 21 April 2016

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 536; this is an increase of 39 (7.8%) on the previous month.
  • 171 patients were delayed on acute wards, 130 in mental health facilities and 235 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 25% of all delays, community care reasons for 31%, selection of care home 14% and waiting for availability of care home place 17%.
  • 194 patients (36%) were aged 85 and over, including 98 (18%) aged 90 plus.
  • 265 patients (49%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 27 (5%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 23 days (15 days for patients on acute wards, 44 days for patients in mental health facilities and 21 days for patients on community, rehabilitation and other wards).

October to December 2015

Release date: 25 February 2016

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

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 029 2082 3625
Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
Tel: 029 2089 8099

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