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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 27 March 2014
  • Period covered: February 2014
  • Next update: 24 April 2014
A monthly report 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 430; this is an increase of 47 (12.3%) on the previous month, but 11 (2.5%) down on the figure in February 2013.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 28% of all delays, community care reasons for 23%, waiting for availability of care home place 16% and selection of care home 15%.
  • 156 patients were delayed on acute wards, 92 on community wards, 82 on rehabilitation wards, 81 in mental health facilities and 19 on other wards.
  • 181 (42%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 88 (20%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 164 (46%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 14 (4%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 24 days; 18 days for patients on acute wards, 21 days for patients on rehabilitation wards, 23 days for patients on communitywards, 49 days for patients in mental health facilities and 57 days for patients on other wards.

Contact

Tel: 029 2082 3625
Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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