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A London hospital is pioneering a way to stop the so-called "revolving door" care of those who're homeless. At the moment, rough-sleepers can make a swift return for treatment, if they're sent back to the streets too soon. The Royal London in Whitechapel aims to prevent that, as Liz Wickham reports
Professor Graham Foster, the principal investigator for the trial, said:
The Royal London Hospital is trialling a new way of caring for homeless patients, looking at their social and psychological needs as well as their medical ones.
The London Pathway approach will see all the patients' needs identified in the hospital before discharge, so that help can be arranged in time for their departure.
A nurse will act as the liaison between the hospital and outside organisations - such as a local housing authority or a patient's hostel manager - in the hope that this will reduce the chance of patients being re-admitted with the same health problems.
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