£76k funding to stop homeless people being discharged from hospital on to streets (From Bournemouth Echo)
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£76k funding to stop homeless people being discharged from hospital on to streets
A NEW initiative has been launched to prevent homeless people being discharged from hospital back on to the streets.
Government funding of £76,000 will be spent in Bournemouth identifying patients who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
A specialist member of staff will work at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to identify vulnerable patients on the wards and another person will be based at Shelter, helping to find them suitable homes to move into when discharged.
The contract will be delivered by specialist housing provider BCHA, in conjunction with Shelter. The charities say the recurring readmission of homeless patients has long been a problem and it is estimated that homeless people can attend A&E up to six times more than people with a home.
Martin Hancock, chief executive of BCHA, said: “It is vital that health and housing services are more joined up to help improve the health and well-being of the individual and make best use of the funding available to give longer-term savings to health services.
“This funding has come at a very good time, as we move into the autumn and winter period with temperatures dropping and conditions damp and wet, threats to health become even more serious.
“Although this funding is only until April 2014, we are confident that this service will demonstrate the great personal benefits of preventative measures to reduce the number of people who are readmitted to hospitals in Bournemouth, and the financial savings to health services in the longer term."
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