A new initiative is set to ensure that care home residents in Wolverhampton receive safe and effective support if they need to go into hospital in an emergency. The Red Bag Project is a joint service between the City of Wolverhampton Council and the Wolverhampton CCG.
It will see residents given a red "transfer bag" containing paperwork, medication and personal belongings which will be with them from the moment they leave their care home until the time they return from hospital.
Based on a successful scheme in London, it was introduced to address gaps in the care and support network – both clinical and socially – for poorly residents who needed to go into hospital.
Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "We are delighted to be introducing this important initiative. Having to go into hospital can be traumatic at the best of times, but particularly so for people who are elderly or vulnerable.
"The bag will include medication personal belongings, standardised paperwork, personal and clinical information about the resident and assist ambulance and hospital staff. This will help make the resident’s admission and journey to and from hospital as comfortable as possible."
For more information about the Wolverhampton Red Bag project please contact:
Susan Eagle - Commissioning Officer