HOSPITAL inreach service
Who can use this service?
Anyone who is homeless and receiving treatment the Royal, Aintree, Broadgreen and Liverpool Women's Hospitals.
Referrals are made within the hospital.
Our Homeless Hospital Inreach project delivers housing advice and support to homeless patients to ensure they have appropriate accommodation and support when ready for discharge.
Our workers are available 8am to 4pm daily, supporting anyone at risk of being discharged to homelessness. These workers will contact patients, undertake assessments of need, provide support and work to find appropriate housing. The service is a partnership with Brownlow Health, Liverpool YMCA, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Liverpool University Hospitals and Merseycare. It is funded by the Department of Health & Social Care.
It is estimated that homeless people attend A&E up to six times more than people with a home. Currently 70% of homeless people are discharged from hospital without their housing or on-going care needs being suitably addressed. The Hospital Inreach team will ensure patients are linked into primary care services, helping ensure appropriate follow up care, in order to reduce future hospital admissions.