A new scheme, designed to improve communication and experience for care home residents who need hospital treatment, is being launched across the city today.
The Red Bag Scheme is a joint project between City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland CCG, Sunderland City Council, NEAS and care homes across Sunderland to make sure that residents can be easily identified when they are brought into hospital by having all their health related paperwork and personal belongings in the dedicated red bag.
The bag stays with the care home resident from the moment they leave in an ambulance and will stay with them throughout their assessment in the Emergency Department, stay on a ward and through their discharge back to the care home. The bag contains vital information about the general health of the patient, any medication they are taking as well as personal items, such as dentures and hearing aids and day clothes for discharge.
The Red Bag Scheme is part of a wider initiative that has recently introduced to help more patients get back to their own bed quickly and safely. #TheresNoBedLikeHome uses the red and green days concept to identify any delays in the patient’s care and encourage a joined up approach between health professionals to work together to make a plan to get the patient back to the comfort of their own home.