Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_5035

Internal Reference Number: FOI_5035

Date Request Received: 01/05/2019 15:24:43

Date Request Replied To: 16/05/2019 09:04:32

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Request Summary: Attendances to the Trust by those of NFA, pathway for people of NFA

Request Category: Companies

 
Question Number 1:
How many attendances to your organisation were coded as NFA (no fixed address) per year in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018?
 
Answer To Question 1:
The following number of attendances occurred for patients of no fixed abode in the given time period.

2015 = 84 ED attendances and 32 admissions = 116 total
2016 = 121 ED attendances and 39 admissions = 160 total
2017 = 46 ED attendances and 16 admissions = 62 total
2018 = 38 ED attendances and 18 admissions = 56 total
 
Question Number 2:
Does your organisation have (a) a documented pathway for supporting homeless patients; or (b) a housing officer (or similar); or (c) a supply of clean clothes to offer homeless people? If yes to (a), (b), or (c) please provide details.
 
Answer To Question 2:
(a) no – the discharge policy is under review currently and there are plans to incorporate actions around facilitating the discharge of homeless people who have no further care needs
(b) There is no housing officer within the Trust. Cases are individually referred to or supported to contact housing departments in the local authority of the patients choosing for those with no care needs, and referred via social care for those people with care needs
(c) a supply of clean clothes and shoes is held in the Emergency Department to offer homeless people in need of clothing
 
Question Number 3:
How many patient referrals to a local housing authority under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 has your organisation made since 1 October 2018?
 
Answer To Question 3:
This information will be stored by the Local Authority, there is no central point in the Trust for this information to be held.
 
Question Number 4:
What is your organisation doing, or planning to do, to support homeless patients or to comply with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017?
 
Answer To Question 4:
The Trust plans to coordinate referral processes for the 3 bordering Local Authorities and compile guidance for staff and patients as to the duty to refer with consent. The advice will be incorporated into the discharge policy which is currently under review, and education will be provided to wards and departments regarding the process and criteria of the referral.

 
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