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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Delays by organisation and percent of NHS beds

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 Trusts4.54.24.2
All Health Boards and TrustsBetsi Cadwaladr University HB6.93.23.6
Powys Teaching HB2.511.59.8
Hywel Dda HB15.14.45.4
Swansea Bay University Health Board7.95.35.6
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University HB...
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board1.75.95.1
Cwm Taf HB...
Aneurin Bevan HB0.04.54.1
Cardiff and Vale University HB2.51.61.7
Velindre NHS Trust.0.00.0


Delays by NHS organisation by per cent of NHS beds

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.

Some of the percentages in this table may have changed compared with the previously published version. This is because we have updated the beds data used to calculate the percentages.

Previously all figures were calculated using bed data up to the 2013-14 financial year. We have now calculated the percentages using data from the same financial year for both beds and delayed transfers of care (for example, to calculate the percentages in 2015-16, the beds data is also taken from 2015-16).

This has a small impact on the data. For example, in November and December 2016 the Wales figure increased by 0.1% percentage points compared to the percentages previously published.

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

Delayed Transfers of Care