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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 26 November 2015
  • Period covered: July to September 2015 and October 2015
  • Next update: 23 December 2015
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.

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 started to rise again since then.

July to September 2015

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

October 2015

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 474; this is a decrease of 36 (7%) on the previous month.
  • 166 patients were delayed on acute wards, 97 in mental health facilities and 211 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 36% of all delays, community care reasons for 22%, selection of care home 12% and waiting for availability of care home place 17%.
  • 189 patients (40%) were aged 85 and over, including 95 (20%) aged 90 plus.
  • 215 patients (45%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 25 (5%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 23 days (21 days for patients on acute wards, 72 days for patients in mental health facilities and 21 days for patients on community, rehabilitation and other wards).


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