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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 23 April 2015
  • Period covered: March 2015
  • Next update: 21 May 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 497; this is a decrease of 21 (4.1%) on the previous month, but 76 (18.1%) up on the figure in March 2014.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 39% of all delays, community care reasons for 26%, waiting for availability of care home place 10% and selection of care home 12%.
  • 204 patients were delayed on acute wards, 100 on community wards, 90 in mental health facilities, 92 on rehabilitation wards, and 11 on other wards.
  • 209 (42%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 107 (22%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 159 (43%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 16 (4%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 27 days; 21 days for patients on acute wards, 15 days for patients on community wards, 68 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 29 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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