The red bag making a big difference to care home residents

  • 21 February 2019


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We have re-launched our brilliantly simple ‘red bag scheme’ to help local care home residents in Bristol and North Somerset get quick and effective treatment when attending hospital in an emergency.

The pilot scheme will see care home residents in selected care homes given their own red bag. Bags will contain standardised information about their health, including their medical history, current medication and details of any treatment plans. They will also contain personal belongings such as clothing and important items like glasses and hearing aids. The bags will stay with the residents when they have to attend hospital in an emergency.

Lucy Miller , Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Project Support Officer and Red Bag Scheme leader, said:

The red bags will follow each person on every stage of their journey through care, to improve access to valuable information that will help inform clinical decision making. This is particularly important as many care home residents are vulnerable and have many health conditions.

The bags help to reassure care home residents and staff that the best care is being provided and that residents have everything they need. This improves their wellbeing and provides them with the confidence to follow their admission pathway.

The Red Bag scheme is a great step forward in the care we provide for care home residents and will help us to provide truly patient focused care.

It is hoped the introduction of the scheme will shorten the length of hospital stays, improved communications between care homes and hospitals and prevent belongings being lost.

There are five care homes involved with the pilot in Bristol and North Somerset. These are The Links, Abbeygate House, Park House, Amerind Grove and Field House. If successful, the scheme may be extended to help more people in the area.