Suffolk's got a brand new bag

Suffolks Red Bag

Suffolk care home residents are set to benefit from a new Red Bag scheme which will help them receive quicker and more effective care should they need to go into hospital.

The red bag contains important medical information, medications and personal items. It is packed by the care home staff and will be handed over to the ambulance crew, who then pass it on to the hospital staff on arrival at hospital.

Each bag will display the patient’s name, details of their care home, a unique care home ID and the patient’s current medication plan. The bag will include items such as inhalers, prescribed cream and eye drops as well as glasses, hearing aids and dentures.

The red bag then stays with the patient for the duration of their hospital stay. When the patient is ready to go home, a copy of their discharge summary will be placed in the red bag so that care home staff have access to this information when their resident arrives home.

This initiative is a partnership between 20 local care homes, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and the Trust.

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