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Red Bag Scheme help home care residents admitted to hospital.

by timpickstone on 17 October, 2018

A new, innovative, ‘Red Bag’ scheme has launched across Bury to ensure care home residents receive quick, personalised and effective treatment should they be admitted to hospital in an emergency.

The scheme, which launches this month, will see care homes for the elderly in Bury provide their residents with a Red Bag. The Red Bag contains a patient passport holding important information about the individual’s health, medication and personal decisions. It also has space to store personal belongings such as glasses, slippers, hearing aids and dentures – items which are often easily lost during an emergency admission – along with room for clothes to come home in after their hospital stay.

When someone is admitted to hospital in an emergency, the Red Bag, which is already packed and ready to go, is handed to the ambulance crew and travels with the patient to hospital where it is then then handed to hospital staff. By having important information in one place, health staff are able to make informed decisions and avoid unnecessary delays.

It’s a simple idea that is centred around the individual. It also helps to improve communication between care homes, the ambulance service and hospital staff, ensuring their assessment, treatment and discharge is timely, which improves their overall experience and ensures they get to go home as soon as possible.

When the patient is ready to go home, the patient passport is updated with relevant information reducing the chance of a readmission to hospital.

Catherine Jackson, Executive Nurse for NHS Bury CCG said:

“As we have seen in other parts of the country, this simple and innovative scheme will make a genuine difference to elderly care home residents in Bury. This is a really good example of how the NHS is integrating care by working in partnership with social care to create a smooth pathway for patients, who only have to tell their story once and get the best possible care every time.”

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