A NEW pilot scheme has been launched this week at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to help enhance emergency care for older patients. 

A system has been introduced which will see residents from 16 care homes equipped with a new red bag containing vital medical information and personal belongings.

The information will help accident and emergency staff to deal with patients.

The scheme is one of several recent initiatives at the Gayton Road hospital focused on care for the elderly.

These have included the creation of Windsor Frailty ward and a scheme to encourage patients to get dressed, keep  mobile and retain their independence.

QEH chief operating officer Ciara Moore said: “We are delighted to be working with the 16 care homes along with our colleagues in the East of England Ambulance Service on a project that is going to make a huge difference.

“Seriously ill patients who are disorientated are not always able to provide a medical history to our doctors and nurses, but our teams will now have the full picture thanks to the Red Bags.”

The pilot scheme has been developed from a successful project in operation in Surrey.

The bag will contain details about the patient’s health and medical history. It will help doctors make informed decisions. Although initially working with 16 care homes, staff hope the scheme will eventually be extended. The bags have been paid for thanks to the hospital’s charitable funds and the League of Friends.