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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 21 May 2015
  • Period covered: April 2015
  • Next update: 25 June 2015
A monthly report presenting statistics on the transfer of NHS patients to a more appropriate care setting.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 471; this is a decrease of 26 (5.2%) on the previous month, but 46 (10.8%) up on the figure in April 2014.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 37% of all delays, community care reasons for 29%, waiting for availability of care home place 12% and selection of care home 7%.
  • 185 patients were delayed on acute wards, 91 on community wards, 87 in mental health facilities, 101 on rehabilitation wards, and 7 on other wards.
  • 186 (39%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 96 (20%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 148 (41%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 17 (5%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 26 days; 23 days for patients on acute wards, 22 days for patients on community wards, 69 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 22 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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