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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 21 January 2016
  • Period covered: July to September 2015 and December 2015
  • Next update: 25 February 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 December 2015 - 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.

December 2015

Release date: 21 January 2016

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 435; this is a decrease of 33 (7.1%) on the previous month.
  • 128 patients were delayed on acute wards, 105 in mental health facilities and 202 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 29% of all delays, community care reasons for 23%, selection of care home 12% and waiting for availability of care home place 18%.
  • 166 patients (38%) were aged 85 and over, including 81 (19%) aged 90 plus.
  • 150 patients (34%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 31 (7%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 29 days (27 days for patients on acute wards, 55 days for patients in mental health facilities and 27 days for patients on community, rehabilitation and other wards).

July to September 2015

Release date: 26 November 2015

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


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