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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. 

When a resident needs to go into hospital, care home staff pack the bag with personal documentation, medication and a set of clothes for discharge. The bag is handed to ambulance staff who pass it to hospital staff on arrival.

Red Bag provides nurses and doctors with up-to-date information about the patient, meaning fewer calls to the care home, and easier interaction with the patient. It also helps to reduce personal items getting lost in transit.

The same process is repeated – with up-to-date documentation – when the resident is ready to return home.

Please watch the following video produced by Hertfordshire Care Providers Association. 

Useful documents for the Red Bag

Documents to go into the Red Folder

For information