Healthcare for Homeless: Informal Study Day
A JOURNEY OF HEALTHCARE FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE
Stonepillow and St Wilfrid’s Hospice were delighted to host an informal Study Day on Tuesday 10th December 2013 for all services that are involved with the health and wellbeing of homeless people in the Chichester, Bognor and Littlehampton Areas.
The figures for the Chichester area may surprise you. Did you know the annual count of rough sleepers in Chichester was as many as Bradford, and more than in cities including Portsmouth, Crawley and Kingston-Upon-Thames? (Source: Rough Sleeper Count October 2012).
In attendance on the day were members of agencies including the police, hospitals, hospice teams, community teams, Occupational Therapists and GPs.
Vulnerable and homeless people often face barriers to accessing health and end of life care. Many suffer from chronic ill health such as chest infections while others are struggling to manage serious health conditions such as diabetes whilst living on the streets.
The focus of the day was to look at how these key agencies can work together to improve the healthcare of marginalised individuals in our local area and ensure they receive the help they need, gaining access to an improved health journey.