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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 13 October 2016
  • Period covered: Quarter ending June 2016 and September 2016
  • Next update: 10 November 2016
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 September 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.

September 2016

Release date: 13 October 2016

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 491; this is an increase of 36 (8%) on the previous month.
  • 152 patients were delayed on acute wards, 106 in mental health facilities and 233 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 30% of all delays, community care reasons for 22%, selection of care home 14% and waiting for availability of care home place 17%.
  • 178 patients (36%) were aged 85 and over, including 75 (15%) aged 90 plus.
  • 211 patients (43%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 30 (6%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 29 days (19 days for patients on acute wards, 81 days for patients in mental health facilities and 23 days for patients on community, rehabilitation and other wards).

April to June 2016

Release date: 25 August 2016

The quarterly report shows data for the latest quarter plus trends from 2005 to date.


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