New scheme launched to support elderly patients

A new scheme has kicked off to ensure a faster and safer transfer of care for frail older people.

We joined with our CCG and ambulance colleagues to promote the launch of the new Red Bag scheme this week.

The Red Bags identify a patient as someone who has come to us from a care home. It comes with them to the hospital, carrying important personal information so that our staff have the right details available as soon as they arrive. Alongside the notes on their medication and medical conditions, the bag also contains personal items such as glasses, hearing aids, toiletries and clothes.

When the patient leaves us after their care, the care home then has updated details of any treatments or medications to ensure they continue to get the right care, and all property that went in to hospital with them goes back home in the red bag.

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