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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 8 December 2016
  • Period covered: Quarter ending September 2016 and November 2016
  • Next update: 12 January 2017
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 November 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.

November 2016

Release date: 8 December 2016

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 485; this is a reduction of 15 (3%) on the previous month.
  • 142 patients were delayed on acute wards, 90 in mental health facilities and 253 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 25% of all delays, community care reasons for 26%, selection of care home 16% and waiting for availability of care home place 17%. 
  • 195 patients (40%) were aged 85 and over, including 90 (19%) aged 90 plus.
  • 196 patients (40%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 28 (6%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 27 days (20 days for patients on acute wards, 74 days for patients in mental health facilities and 26 days for patients on community, rehabilitation and other wards).

Quarter ending 30 September 2016

Release date: 10 November 2016

The quarterly report shows data for the latest quarter plus trends from October 2004 to date.


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