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  • Release date: 21 June 2018
  • Period covered: 2016-17 and May 2018
  • Next update: 19 July 2018
Data on the transfer of NHS patients to a more appropriate care setting.

May 2018

Release date: 21 June 2018

Data has been published on StatsWales.


Release date: 21 December 2017

Key points

  • In 2016-17, the number of delays at Welsh hospitals remained stable until October 2016, at which point they began to fall.
  • In the long term, while the actual number of delays fluctuates each month, the quarterly average has come down from 775 in the quarter ended 30 December 2004 to 392 in the quarter ended 31 March 2017, the lowest on record.
  • Patients delayed in mental health wards tended to be younger and have longer delays than patients delayed in acute wards.
  • Of the Welsh local health boards and trusts, Betsi Cadwaladr had the highest number of delays in every month of the latest year.
  • Although most delays are for patients in the older age groups, younger patients tend to have the longest delays.
  • Over half of delays are for health or community care reasons.

Further information

Monthly data are published on StatsWales and a report is published annually. The data is summarised in the monthly report ‘NHS activity and performance summary’ which includes data on a range of services and includes an online data tool.


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