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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 25 June 2015
  • Period covered: May 2015
  • Next update: 23 July 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 463; this is a decrease of 8 (1.7%) on the previous month, but 78 (20.3%) up on the figure in May 2014.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 38% of all delays, community care reasons for 21%, waiting for availability of care home place 21% and selection of care home 13%.
  • 163 patients were delayed on acute wards, 97 on community wards, 95 in mental health facilities, 97 on rehabilitation wards, and 11 on other wards.
  • 186 (40%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 80 (17%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 174 (47%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 19 (5%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 23 days; 15 days for patients on acute wards, 20 days for patients on community wards, 51 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 27 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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