Homelessness and health information sheet: hospital discharge

Information sheet on hospital discharge.

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Homelessness and Health Information Sheet: Number 4 - Hospital Discharge

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Homeless people may often leave health problems untreated until they reach crisis point and then need to rely on treatment at Accident and Emergency (A&E) or will present at other primary health services with multiple and entrenched problems. This combines to make health problems more expensive to treat, hospital and A&E waiting lists longer and can lead to people being less able to support themselves and their families in their accommodation.

This information sheet provides information on how local authorities and health services can work together to provide accessible and appropriate services for homeless people.

Published 18 January 2006