Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting people in Swindon to attend a free health talk about the new red bag scheme and how it will benefit older people who frequently move between care homes and hospital.

The scheme, a new collaboration between Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group, ambulance staff and the town’s 24 care homes, is designed to ensure personal belongings and medical documents are transferred safely when older patients move between hospital and care homes.

The Trust’s lead for the scheme and Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner for the Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DOME), Viv Zinyemba, is aiming to raise awareness of the scheme among hospital and ambulance staff, as well as care home workers and the families of care home residents.

Commenting on the importance of the talk, Viv said: “The red bag is a simple change packing a difference, and to facilitate that change, it’s so important for all professionals and family members involved in an older person’s care to work as a team.

“It’s important that everyone is clear about what goes into the red bag and how to use it throughout the patient’s journey.

“By improving communication between everyone involved, we are able to provide a better experience for care home residents and reduce their length of stay in hospital, without added stress or anxiety.”

The free health talk will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday, 28 March in the Academy at The Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon.Refreshments will be provided, for a small donation to Brighter Futures, the Trust’s fundraising charity.

Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to register in advance.

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