04 July 2018

Introducing the 'Red Bag' Initiative

Red bags issued by the NHS have been helping care home residents admitted to hospital to be discharged in record time. The 'Red Bag' is a new tool to be used by care home residents and staff, acute hospital staff, community hospital staff, GPs and paramedics alike. 

"The Red Bag scheme is a great step forward in the care we provide for our residents."

The bags, which contain important medication, paperwork and other personal items such as glasses, slippers and dentures, are transferred to ambulance crews from carers, aiding a smooth transition. 

The bag then travels with patients to hospital, where they are then handed to the doctor. On the front of the bag is the unique care home I.D. and the resident's full name. The back of the bag features a pouch in which all documentation fits. 

Pioneered by Sutton Homes of Care, the idea behind the initiative is to promote a quick transfer of clinical care. The bag stays with the resident from the time they leave the home to go to hospital, until they return to their care home, so that all of their personal information can be found in one place. 

Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage said: 

“This scheme is an excellent example of the NHS and social care system working together to improve care and support for vulnerable older patients. Not only is this more efficient – saving valuable resources – but it’s a much better experience for patients leaving hospital when their treatment has finished."

You will be able to access further information of the Red Bag scheme here. To find out about how it affects you, speak to your branch manager.