A new network to give homeless people hospital aftercare
- 10 Oct
Homeless people in London will now benefit from a £3.6m government backed scheme that has been designed to help with hospital aftercare.
Funded by the Department of Health, the initiative will begin to provide 24 beds across London for homeless people who are leaving hospital with the need for nursing aftercare, six to eight weeks after their discharge. The beds will be located in projects run by homelessness charity St Mungo's in Camden, Westminster, Hackney and Lewisham, reports Inside Housing.
Close to 50 projects nationwide have received funding from a £10m DoH pot for hospital aftercare for homeless people.
Peter Cockersell, director of health and recovery at St Mungo's, who helped design the network, said: ‘Poor physical and mental health is both a cause and a consequence of homelessness. But we know that if you leave hospital with nowhere to live it is only going to exacerbate ill health at a high cost to the person concerned and also to the NHS, with frequent re-admissions. The Network will improve homeless people's health and save the NHS money.'
Councillor Rachael Robathan, Westminster Council's cabinet member for adults, said: ‘We know that linking up healthcare and housing for rough sleepers is key to making sure that they have access to the services they need, as if there if not a clear link people can fall through the gaps in service provision. This funding will be instrumental in ensuring that some of our most vulnerable are cared for when they leave hospital.'
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