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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 23 October 2014
  • Period covered: September 2014
  • Next update: 20 November 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 495; this is an increase of 55 (12.5%) on the previous month, and an increase of 27 (5.8%) on the figure in September 2013.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 32% of all delays, community care reasons for 24%, waiting for availability of care home place 19% and selection of care home 12%.
  • 158 patients were delayed on acute wards, 102 on community wards, 116 in mental health facilities, 105 on rehabilitation wards, and 14 on other wards.
  • 173 (35%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 87 (18%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 178 (43%) had been delayed less than 3 weeks, while 16 (4%) had been delayed for more than 26 weeks.
  • The median length of delay for patients waiting to leave hospital was 28 days; 21 days for patients on acute wards, 23 days for patients on community wards, 58 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 16 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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

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