is costing the NHS an estimated PS132million a year, statistics have revealed.
Exit block, or bed-blocking
, occurs when patients can not be moved from A&E on to a hospital ward because an appropriate bed is not available.
The figure is the worst level of so-called bed-blocking
in Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board facilities since records began in 2009.
In February, a separate study commissioned by the Government found that about 8,500 bed-blocking
patients are trapped in NHS hospitals every day - potentially costing the health service PS900 million a year.
The review into how the NHS can save cash found bed-blocking
- which occurs when patients are medically fit to leave but care has not yet been organised in the community - is a bigger problem for NHS hospitals than previously thought.
FUNDING of PS471,414 to reduce bed-blocking
, improve community care and reduce the length of hospital stays includes: PS150,000 for Hospital at Night practitioners; ?
costs the NHS around pounds 600,000 per day at a time when it is starved of money.
Scandal of the bed-blocking
patients who can't go home THE extent of bed-blocking
in Wales' hospitals means some patients are waiting up to two years before being allowed to leave - despite no longer needing treatment.
Patients are often kept in hospitals for periods of time unnecessarily because care packages are not available in the community, which is known as bed-blocking
It's thought that bed-blocking
costs pounds 20m a year The figures released cover North Wales' three major hospitals (L-R) Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Gwynedd and Wrexham Maelor
has become a headache for social services with a pounds 2.
The majority of these cases were recorded in acute hospitals, where bed-blocking
has risen by more than 27 per cent.