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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 25 September 2014
  • Period covered: August 2014
  • Next update: 23 October 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 443; this is a decrease of 15 (3.3%) on the previous month, and a decrease of 46 (9.4%) on the figure in August 2013.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 33% of all delays, community care reasons for 24%, waiting for availability of care home place 20% and selection of care home 11%.
  • 141 patients were delayed on acute wards, 89 on community wards, 115 in mental health facilities, 84 on rehabilitation wards, and 14 on other wards.
  • 158 (36%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 71 (16%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 135 (37%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 13 (4%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 34 days; 26 days for patients on acute wards, 28 days for patients on community wards, 62 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 34 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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

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