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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 24 July 2014
  • Period covered: June 2014
  • Next update: 21 August 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 474; this is an increase of 87 (22.5%) on the previous month, and 8 (1.7%) up on the figure in June 2013.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 28% of all delays, community care reasons for 25%, waiting for availability of care home place 17% and selection of care home 13%.
  • 167 patients were delayed on acute wards, 105 on community wards, 89 in mental health facilities, 105 on rehabilitation wards, and 8 on other wards.
  • 195 (41%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 90 (19%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 208 (51%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 12 (3%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 21 days; 15 days for patients on acute wards, 21 days for patients on community wards, 62 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 16 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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

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