Thousands of bed days have been lost in one month in Cumbria while patients awaited nursing home places and care packages.
NHS England data shows an average 30-day delay costing around £275 every day, according to the Times & Star.
North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust was the worst hit losing 1,899 days during the month of July due to delayed transfers of care.
The Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust and the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust lost 1,767 and 1,228 days, respectively.
A joint statement by the three Trusts said delayed transfers of care were a “significant challenge” due to the high and increasing proportion of older people in Cumbria.
The Trusts said: “As a health and social care system, we are committed to working together to address these challenges and improve services for the people of Cumbria.”
The Trusts said innovative health and social care partnerships had reduced the average length of stay in community hospitals by up to 13 days in the last year.
“Health and social care professionals, GPs, the voluntary sector and the community are working closer together through the development of Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) to improve the health and wellbeing of local people,” the Trusts said.
“By working together in this way instead of in isolation patients will be properly supported to leave hospital as soon as they are well enough to do so, and where possible, keep them out of hospital in the first place.”