Sup­port from Red Cross af­ter hos­pi­tal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE Bri­tish Red Cross has launched a new ser­vice to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple re­gain their con­fi­dence and be­come in­de­pen­dent again af­ter a visit to ac­ci­dent and emer­gency.

The Home from Hos­pi­tal pilot scheme, in part­ner­ship with Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil, be­gan at Wex­ham Park Hos­pi­tal on June 30 and at Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal on July 1.

Its aim is to help peo­ple deemed med­i­cally fit to re­turn home from A&E, but may not feel con­fi­dent enough to do so be­cause they do not have sup­port nearby.

Red Cross staff based at each hos­pi­tal of­fer prac­ti­cal help such as trans­port­ing the person home and ac­com­pa­ny­ing them in­side to check they have ev­ery­thing they need to re­main com­fort­able. This could in­clude mak­ing a drink or snack, en­sur­ing the house is warm, safe and se­cure, and in­form­ing neigh­bours or fam­ily mem­bers that the person has re­turned home.

Staff are also fully trained to pro­vide emo­tional sup­port where needed and will re­main with them un­til they feel set­tled. Peo­ple then have the op­tion of a fur­ther two weeks of sup­port, such as face-to­face vis­its or phone calls, if they still re­quire some ex­tra help.

See www.red­cross.org.uk.

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