HOMELESS people are being offered healthcare and support during the coronavirus outbreak.
More than 150 people across Central Lancashire have been identified as needing support during this period. In response, a healthcare assessment and treatment service has been set up, operating across a number of locations in the region. The clinics provide a triage service to identify healthcare needs, undertake medical treatment if required, deliver substance misuse services and offer mental health support.
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust are working alongside Preston, Chorley and South Ribble Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, the Inspire Substance Misuse Service, Probation Services, Mental Health Services and The Foxton Centre, to form a new multi-disciplinary team. An integrated effort has enabled this approach to be put into place quickly in response to the recent Government mandate to ensure support is provided for the homeless.
Philip Gooden, Strategic Lead – Integrated Community Wellbeing for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said: “It’s great to see all the different teams and agencies come together to ensure those in need receive the vital support they need at this challenging time.
“We’ve reacted swiftly to the situation and developed new best practice which will improve healthcare outcomes for the homeless both now and in the future.”