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Increase in delayed transfers of care during heatwave

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Delayed transfers of care from hospital solely attributable to social care increased by 6% during the summer heatwave in July, following a steady decrease in the previous three months.

The latest government figures show that of the 139,983 total delayed days during the month, 61.5% were due to the NHS, 30.5% due to social care and the remainder due to both.

The 6% rise in delayed transfers attributable to social care in July was accompanied by a 2% rise in those attributable to the NHS.

There were 5% more emergency admissions in July this year compared to July 2017, while delayed days attributable to social care have decreased by 37% during the period, with those due to the NHS falling by 15%.

The most frequent reason for delayed transfers attributable to social care in July was patients awaiting a care package in their own home, which accounted for 15,926 delayed days, followed by patients awaiting a residential home placement (10,332).

Responding to the figures, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president Glen Garrod said the summer heatwave had caused a spike in demand for services.

“With social care remaining incredibly fragile, there is an urgent need to focus on long term funding to keep people well at home,” he said. “It is imperative that the government’s forthcoming green paper establishes a sustainable solution to provide high quality, personal and reliable care to the growing number of people who need and deserve it.”

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