Following a successful project in Sutton, Surrey the concept of the red bag has spread to Hampshire and is being trialled in a number of care homes and hospitals across the Winchester and Basingstoke areas. The red bag is a repository for the key items belonging to an individual on admission to hospital. It comprises the care plan and has a space for medication, hearing aids, dentures and other items the person needs to function.
This project was successfully implemented in Sutton and has been evaluated in that setting. Southern Health and the project team are in the process of planning the evaluation to look at reduced length of stay, patient and carer satisfaction, improved communication between care homes and the acute trust
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