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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 24 April 2014
  • Period covered: March 2014
  • Next update: 22 May 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 421; this is a decrease of 9 (2.1%) on the previous month, and 33 (7.3%) down on the figure in March 2013.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 32% of all delays, community care reasons for 25%, waiting for availability of care home place 15% and selection of care home 16%.
  • 143 patients were delayed on acute wards, 107 in mental health facilities, 76 on community wards, 81 on rehabilitation wards, and 14 on other wards.
  • 185 (44%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 78 (18.5%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 196 (54%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 10 (3%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 18 days; 13 days for patients on acute wards, 21 days for patients on community wards, 29 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 54 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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

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