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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 26 February 2015
  • Period covered: January 2015
  • Next update: 26 March 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 469; this is an increase of 67 (16.7%) on the previous month, and 86 (22.5%) up on the figure in January 2014.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 37% of all delays, community care reasons for 26%, waiting for availability of care home place 14% and selection of care home 11%.
  • 179 patients were delayed on acute wards, 63 on community wards, 111 in mental health facilities, 96 on rehabilitation wards, and 20 on other wards.
  • 178 (38%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 91 (19%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 189 (51%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 18 (5%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 19 days; 12 days for patients on acute wards, 16 days for patients on community wards, 62 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 19 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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