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A high proportion of admissions and readmissions to hospitals are from residents in care homes. Care homes in South London have expressed a need for better information sharing and communication during transfer of care. Specifically changes to medication and care pathways post discharge were identified as areas for improvement. Similarly, ambulance and hospital staff highlight gaps in information about existing medical conditions and medication as impacting on good care during transfer and admission to hospital. The HIN has identified a pure spread and adoption opportunity to spread the Sutton Vanguard’s successful ‘Red Bag’ initiative to other South London Boroughs.
The “Red Bag*” is a simple initiative to help care home residents when they need to go to hospital in an emergency. The bag stays with the resident throughout their stay in hospital and contains:
The final evaluation report of the Hospital Transfer ‘Red Bag’ Pathway in South London can be downloaded below.