Red Bag goes on the road to George Eliot Hospital
With the majority of Warwickshire care homes now taking part in the Red Bag scheme, Warwickshire County Council went out to George Eliot Hospital last week to further raise awareness of how the bag works among hospital staff.
A wide range of hospital staff, including doctors, nurses, porters and support staff were spoken to at the ‘pop-up’ information event outside the hospital’s main restaurant.
A good range of feedback was received, with some hospital staff having already encountered the Red Bag and others keen to learn about it and spread the word further.
A Red Bag Hospital Factsheet was distributed with specific information for hospital staff, reminding them that the bag should always stay close to the patient and that they should ensure the ‘Checklist’ of the bag’s contents is completed if a patient is transferred to a different ward or site.
All of the hospital staff spoken to thought the Red Bag was a good idea, particularly as a way of effectively ascertaining a patient’s baseline level of need and to help reduce the amount of phone calls made to care homes. Useful suggestions were also made about potential improvements to the scheme.
Time is now running out to implement the Red Bag scheme in your care home.
WCC are aiming to support the Older People care home market in implementing the scheme before the end of March 2020.
There are now over 70 residential and nursing homes across Warwickshire using the scheme. Feedback from those homes has shown a clear reduction in instances of lost belongings and paperwork, as well as positive feedback from care staff and residents.
If you are unsure of your current progress with the scheme or need more support please do not hesitate to contact Lorna Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more and download supporting resources by visiting https://www.bettertogetherwarwickshire.org/redbag/.