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'Bed-blocker' numbers fall; wales news bulletin.

THE number of hospital beds in Wales taken up by patients waiting to be discharged after finishing their treatment has fallen to its lowest level for more than a year.

A total of 449 beds are occupied across Wales by patients waiting to be transferred, usually into a residential care home or with a social service care package to return home. This has fallen from 602 beds 12 months ago.

The largest number of bed-blockers - officially known as delayed transfers of care - are in hospitals in South East Wales.

A shortage of care-home places has been highlighted as a major cause of the problem.

The largest number of bed blockers is among the nine hospitals run by the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust which has remained constant at between 110 to 120 each month for the past year.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 25, 2009
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