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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 20 August 2015
  • Period covered: July 2015
  • Next update: 24 September 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 503; this is an increase of 2 (0.4%) on the previous month, and 45 (10%) up on the figure in July 2014.
  • 224 patients were delayed on acute wards, 95 in mental health facilities and 184 on community, rehabilitation and other wards.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 39% of all delays, community care reasons for 18%, selection of care home 12% and waiting for availability of care home place 16%.
  • 209 (42%) of patients were aged 85 and over, including 93 (18%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 153 (41%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 15 (4%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 27 days (23 days for patients on acute wards, and 69 days for patients in mental health facilities).

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


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