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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 23 July 2015
  • Period covered: June 2015
  • Next update: 20 August 2015
Monthly data 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 501; this is an increase of 38 (8%) on the previous month, and 27 (6%) up on the figure in June 2014.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 37% of all delays, community care reasons for 22%, waiting for availability of care home place 15% and selection of care home 12%.
  • 203 patients were delayed on acute wards, 98 on community wards, 91 in mental health facilities, 95 on rehabilitation wards, and 14 on other wards.
  • 208 (42%) of patients were aged 85 and over, including 86 (17%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 173 (44%) 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 27 days; 16 days for patients on acute wards, 26 days for patients on community wards, 51 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 34 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.


In line with the outcome of the 2014 official statistics consultation, this is the last monthly statistical release. Monthly data will continue to be available on StatsWales with a summary headline. The first in a new series of quarterly statistical releases will be published on Thursday 26 November 2015. More information is in the notes section (paragraphs 25 and 26) of the release.


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