In 2012 the cost of homelessness in England was estimated at almost £1 billion. Homeless people are 6 times more likely to present at hospital than housed people and they’re more likely to present with multimorbidities. The average age of death for a homeless woman is only 43. For men, it’s 47.
The Homeless Support Team pilot at Bristol Royal Infirmary set out to prove that giving their homeless patients more time and attention, as well as trying to ensure that they were not discharged back onto the street, would save money in the long term.
In total, they saved their hospital £766,000 – and became a fixture at the trust. Dr jenny Shaefer and Lucy Harrison explain more.
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