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BASINGSTOKE HOSPITAL

MALE VOICE CHOIR

The NHS Red Bag Scheme

BHMVC are pleased to support

The NHS Red Bag Scheme









The Red Bag Scheme was designed to assist people, primarily in Care Homes, when they have to go into hospital. The Red Bag contains standardised information about the resident's general health, any existing medical conditions they have, medication they are taking, as well as highlighting the current health concern.  This means that ambulance and hospital staff can determine the treatment a resident needs more effectively.


It also has room for personal belongings (such as clothes for day of discharge, glasses, hearing aid, dentures etc) and it stays with the patient whilst they are in hospital. When patients are ready to go home, a copy of their discharge summary (which details every aspect of the care they received in hospital) will be placed in the red bag so that care home staff have access to this important information when their residents' arrive back home.

 

The Red Bag also clearly identifies a patient as being a care home resident and this means that it may be possible for the patient to be discharged sooner, because the care home has been involved in discussions with the hospital and has an understanding of the residents care needs so they are able to support the resident when they are discharged.