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Delayed transfers of care

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

Delayed Transfers of Care: October 2004 to January 2017 - 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.

January 2017

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • The total number of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care was 392; this is a reduction of 38 (9%) on the previous month.
  • 97 patients were delayed on acute wards, 93 in mental health facilities and 202 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 30% of all delays, community care reasons for 28%, selection of care home 12% and waiting for availability of care home place 14%.
  • 134 patients (34%) were aged 85 and over, including 64 (16%) aged 90 plus.
  • 197 patients (50%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 23 (6%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay was 21 days (19 days for patients on acute wards, 54 days for patients in mental health facilities and 19 days for patients on community, rehabilitation and other wards).

Quarter ending 31 December 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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