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HomeHealthEaling initiative reduces readmissions at Northwick Park Hospital

Ealing initiative reduces readmissions at Northwick Park Hospital

Ealing Hospital has introduced a multi-disciplinary team to address the health and social care needs of the homeless community. The team comprises GPs, nurses, housing support officers, and an occupational therapist, and sees up to 50 people a month through referrals from A&E and inpatient teams.

Dr. Amisha Babla, who became aware of the Pathway programme after volunteering with Crisis, highlighted the urgency of the situation. She said, “The cost-of-living crisis has seen an increasing number of people made homeless and forced to sleep rough or live in cramped hostel accommodation. It is a very stressful situation and people’s health suffers.”

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The programme addresses common ailments such as COPD, TB, substance abuse, and skin conditions. It also offers practical support and advocacy for GP registration, benefits, housing, and immigration. Dr. Babla emphasised the integrated approach, stating, “The majority of services in the UK function independently of one another so we offer a one-stop service providing as much help as we can to the vulnerable.”

NHS England has recently agreed to fund the initiative for three more years following a successful pilot year that assisted over 500 people.

The initiative has led to improved health outcomes, reduced hospital stays, and decreased readmissions at Ealing and Northwick Park hospitals.

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