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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Rate of delay per 10,000 population aged 75+ by LA of residence

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Welsh Government suspended delayed transfers of care (DTOC) reporting requirements. In the interim, Welsh Government introduced the COVID-19 Discharge Requirements, which included a new discharge process with increased focus on rehabilitation and reablement. The Welsh Government emergency care policy and performance team and the NHS Delivery Unit have been collecting interim weekly delayed discharge data to manage the new arrangements. This data does not measure delayed transfers of care in the same way as the previous data collection, and has not been assessed against the standards of the Code of Practice for Statistics. Options for future collection and publication of data and performance measures will be developed over the coming months whilst the data collection continues to be suspended.

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Wales[Expand]Isle of Anglesey5.030.035.0
[Expand]Gwynedd.The data item is not applicable21.421.4
[Expand]Neath Port Talbot9.354.163.4
[Expand]Vale of Glamorgan6.517.824.3
[Expand]Rhondda Cynon Taf2.054.256.2
[Expand]Merthyr Tydfil.The data item is not applicable28.828.8
[Expand]Caerphilly.The data item is not applicable30.730.7
[Expand]Blaenau Gwent.The data item is not applicable6.56.5
[Expand]Torfaen.The data item is not applicable25.925.9
[Expand]Monmouthshire.The data item is not applicable48.648.6
[Expand]Newport.The data item is not applicable24.724.7



Rate of delay per 10,000 population 75+ by LAA

Last update

23 April 2020 23 April 2020

Next update


Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Delayed transfers of care database, NHS Wales

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

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

March 2004 onwards

Users, uses and context

This information is included in the related Statistical Release - see weblink.

Revisions information

Following the release of new mid-year population estimates in June of each year, rates will be revised in the July release by backdating back to January of the previous year. E.g. when the 2017 mid-year population estimates are released in June 2018, rates from January 2017 to May 2018 would be revised in the July 2018 release using the 2017 population estimates.

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