Officials from the Regina-Qu'Appelle Health District say they need more time to consider a proposal to transfer hospital patients out of Regina to long-term care homes in rural Saskatchewan.

Due to bed shortages, the district said it was looking at moving some patients, who need long-term care but can not find space in Regina, to homes as distant as 150 kilometres from the city.

On Tuesday, officials said they had learned that a similar policy, already in place in Saskatoon, limits such moves to within 75 kilometres of the city.

There are also some health districts that have no restrictions on distance.

Officials said they want to have a closer look at the other policies before settling on one for Regina.

When pressed about the timing of potential moves, an official said they did not have a specific time-frame in mind, for developing the policy, but if one were in place no moves were expected until after Christmas.

With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil