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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 12 January 2017
  • Period covered: Quarter ending September 2016 and December 2016
  • Next update: 9 February 2017
Monthly data on the transfer of NHS patients to a more appropriate care setting.

Delayed Transfers of Care: October 2004 to December 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.

December 2016

Release date: 12 January 2017

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 430; this is a reduction of 55 (11%) on the previous month.
  • 116 patients were delayed on acute wards, 89 in mental health facilities and 225 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 23% of all delays, community care reasons for 25%, selection of care home 13% and waiting for availability of care home place 22%.
  • 160 patients (37%) were aged 85 and over, including 76 (18%) aged 90 plus.
  • 159 patients (37%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 31 (7%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 30 days (23 days for patients on acute wards, 68 days for patients in mental health facilities and 29 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.

Further information

Monthly data are published on StatsWales with a summary headline and a report is published quarterly.


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