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Delayed transfers of care

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  • Release date: 21 August 2014
  • Period covered: July 2014
  • Next update: 25 September 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 458; this is a decrease of 16 (3.4%) on the previous month, but 23 (5.3%) up on the figure in July 2013.
  • Health care reasons accounted for 27% of all delays, community care reasons for 26%, waiting for availability of care home place 17% and selection of care home 13%.
  • 143 patients were delayed on acute wards, 90 on community wards, 105 in mental health facilities, 109 on rehabilitation wards, and 11 on other wards.
  • 181 (40%) patients were aged 85 and over, including 80 (18%) aged 90 plus.
  • Of those patients waiting to leave hospital, 171 (44%) 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 23 days; 16 days for patients on acute wards, 25 days for patients on community wards, 48 days for patients in mental health facilities, and 22 days for patients on rehabilitation wards.

Contact

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

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