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Delayed Discharges

Health and Social Care

NHS National Services Scotland ISD Scotland & NHS National Services Scotland

Latest Publications

Published: 03 October 2017
Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland
Publication Summary Download pdf file [331kb]
Full Report n/a
Published: 05 September 2017
Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland - Revised - 26 September 2017
Publication Summary Download pdf file [332kb]
Full Report n/a
Published: 08 August 2017
Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland
Publication Summary Download pdf file [333kb]
Full Report n/a

Delayed Discharges


For most patients, following completion of health and social care assessments, the necessary care, support and accommodation arrangements are put in place in the community without any delay and the patient is appropriately discharged from hospital.

A delayed discharge occurs when a patient, clinically ready for discharge, cannot leave hospital because the other necessary care, support or accommodation for them is not readily accessible and/or funding is not available, for example to purchase a care home place.

Published Data

Monthly delayed discharge information is available in detailed tables which can be found at the following link:

Data are produced at Scotland, NHS Board of treatment and local authority of residence level. Figures are presented by length and reason for delay, age grouping and relevant time periods for the number of delayed discharge patients at the census point and also the number of bed days occupied by delayed discharge patients within the calendar month.

Latest News and Updates

September 2016

The first release under the revised data definitions and national data requirements was published on 13 September 2016 presenting census and bed day figures for July 2016.

The publication aligns the census and associated bed day information. A summary of the definitional changes are explained in a technical document Download Word file [99 Kb] which also describes the reporting of figures by ISD, including trend information, which were agreed in consultation with our stakeholders. Responses to this consultation are available here Download Excel file [32 Kb].

July 2016
We are currently consulting with our stakeholders on the format of future delayed discharges publications.
The consultation paper is available via the link below:
NSS ISD Delayed Discharge Reporting and Publication V1.5 Download Word file [129 Kb]
All responses should be submitted to by Friday 5th August.

See previous news and updates

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