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Red Bag To Help Care Home Residents If They Have To Go To Hospital

Red Bag

23 July 2018

Care home residents in South Cheshire and Vale Royal will have everything they need if they're required to have a stay in hospital, thanks to a red bag.

NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG have launched the Red Bag Scheme, making sure that all the necessary documents and personal items stay with the care home resident and follows them from admission, during their hospital stay, and then back to the care home. 

Tracey Shewan, Executive Director of Quality and Safeguarding at the CCGs, said: "This is a simple idea, one bag to keep certain types of medicine, any letters or other important items with the resident.

"More importantly, we're also asking care homes to make sure that there is something of personal importance to the person too, maybe a family photo or a small item to make their stay in hospital a little more comfortable and reassuring."

Every care home in South Cheshire and Vale Royal has been issued with the bags, with a checklist of items for it to include, such as the patient's care plan, certain medications, glasses and other essential personal items they may need during their stay at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Julie Tunney, Director of Nursing and Quality at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: “Whenever a patient is admitted to hospital it’s essential that we understand and support their individual needs. The Red Bag scheme is yet another initiative we have introduced, along with our partners, to ensure this is achieved. 

“The information contained in the Red Bag Passport will improve communication at all stages of the patient’s journey and supports our focus of putting patients at the heart of everything we do - it allows patients to be discharged in a timely manner, and also reduces some of the anxiety that a hospital admission may cause to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”