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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Delay length by LHB Provider and delay band

Following the announcement on Friday 13th of March regarding the cancellation of certain medical procedures and the relaxation of performance targets, several national data collections have been temporarily ceased and we will also temporarily stop reporting performance statistics. These changes will be in place until at least the October reporting period. Therefore monthly StatsWales data will not be updated until data collection resumes.

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[Collapse]All Health Boards and Trusts24768605914448
All Health Boards and TrustsBetsi Cadwaladr University HB4611129381
Powys Teaching HB1551..21
Hywel Dda HB45398.65
Swansea Bay University Health Board22191820685
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University HB......
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board54151112294
Cwm Taf HB......
Aneurin Bevan HB6173.172
Cardiff and Vale University HB48610230
Velindre NHS Trust......


Delay length by NHS organisation

Last update
23 April 2020 23 April 2020

Next update
October 2020 (Provisional)

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
Delayed transfers of care database, NHS Wales

Contact email

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
Local health boards

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
Data on the numbers of people experiencing a delay in the arrangements for them to leave hospital, for example to go home, or to move to another more appropriate facility within the NHS, eg from an acute bed to a rehabilitation bed.

Data collection and calculation
The major source of data for this release is an administrative system, the Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC) database. The DToC database is an all-Wales census system operated by the NHS Wales Informatics Service to which each NHS Local Health Board enters a record for each patient with a delayed transfer. The census date is the third Wednesday of each month. Three weeks are allowed for validation by the relevant LHB and local authorities before the data is downloaded by the Statistical Directorate as an Excel spreadsheet. Data is then transferred to an ACCESS database; any queries on the new data in the context of the time series are discussed with policy colleagues and data suppliers in LHBs and Trusts.

From 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. For more information see the joint statement from Cwm Taf and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards (see weblinks). The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board. A link to the statement from the minister for health and social service can be found in the weblinks section.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
October 2009 onwards

Users, uses and context
This information is included in the related Statistical Release - see weblink.

Revisions information
In the unlikely event of incorrect data being published, revisions to data would be made and users informed in conjunction with the Welsh Government’s Revisions, Errors and Postponements arrangements. This would include a statement in the statistics explaining the nature and extent of the revisions.

Statistical quality
This information is included in the related Quality Report - see weblink.

Delayed Transfers of Care