Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support Ltd
Red Bag Hospital Transfer Pathway Update
< August 2019

Red Bag Hospital Transfer Pathway Update

The Red Bag Hospital Transfer Pathway has now been successfully piloted across Norfolk and Waveney.

This scheme for older people’s nursing and residential homes and acute hospitals, which is run in partnership with EEAST and IC24, aims to improve transfers of care between care homes by using a Red Bag to transport resident medical information, medication and personal belongings (not valuables) in and out of hospital.

A set of Minimum Discharge Standards continue to be developed with local hospitals, care homes and other stakeholders to help safe, effective and quality discharge of residents back to their care home.

The aim is to ensure everyone is aware of their obligations under the Red Bag Pathway. 

Local care homes who have been involved in the Red Bag scheme so far have reported some really positive benefits for their staff and residents, including:

  • Better communication with the ambulance service and local hospitals
  • Improved paperwork and medications on discharge
  • Reduced lost property for care home residents
  • Improved continuity of care

Norfolk and Waveney’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) is committed to supporting all local care homes to benefit from taking part in this innovative scheme. Depending on availability of bags in your local area, there may be a small upfront cost to purchase Red Bag(s) for your home.

There are different arrangements depending on your CCG area. To access the correct information, you should select your CCG area on Knowledge Anglia and then click the Care Providers link under the Providers / Services tab.

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