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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 20 November 2014
  • Period covered: October 2014
  • Next update: 30 December 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 479; this is a decrease of 16 (3.2%) on the previous month, but an increase of 32 (7.2%) on the figure in October 2013.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 34% of all delays, community care reasons for 23%, waiting for availability of care home place 18% and selection of care home 13%.
  • 139 patients were delayed on acute wards, 86 on community wards, 132 in mental health facilities, 110 on rehabilitation wards, and 12 on other wards.
  • 168 (35%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 83 (17%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 165 (39%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 22 (5%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 28 days; 26 days for patients on acute wards, 26 days for patients on community wards, 50 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 21 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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