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Hertfordshire Red Bag smooths the way for hospital stays

Hertfordshire Red Bag

Keeping care home residents’ details and belongings safely in one place.

A simple red plastic bag is smoothing the way for care home residents who need to go into hospital.

The Red Bag is transferred with the care home resident on their journey from the care home in the ambulance to the hospital and back again. The aim is to improve the care and experience of the patient or resident by ensuring all their information, medication and personal belongings are inside the Red Bag and transferred effectively between locations. 

Medicines optimisation

Care home residents take an average of 7-8 different medicines a day and medication errors are common

Care home residents take an average of 7-8 different medicines a day and medication errors are common.

In east and north Hertfordshire, as part of our NHS ‘vanguard’ project, clinical pharmacists are working with GPs, care home staff and other healthcare professionals to provide in depth clinical reviews for residents. Improved IT means they can access patient records in the care home, allowing a more thorough review alongside the resident’s medicines administration record (MAR) and care plan.