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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 22 January 2015
  • Period covered: December 2014
  • Next update: 26 February 2015
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 402; this is a decrease of 66 (14.1%) on the previous month, and 21 (5.0%) down on the figure in December 2013.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 37% of all delays, community care reasons for 23%, waiting for availability of care home place 16% and selection of care home 12%.
  • 103 patients were delayed on acute wards, 77 on community wards, 108 in mental health facilities, 99 on rehabilitation wards, and 15 on other wards.
  • 140 (35%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 75 (19%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 135 (39%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 21 (6%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 30 days; 21 days for patients on acute wards, 30 days for patients on community wards, 60 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 29 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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

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