Wednesday, December 23, 2009

How shedworking is saving lives of the homeless

An interesting piece by Mark Gould in The Guardian looks at a shed which is being used as an intermediate care unit for homeless in the gardens of the 120-bed Cedars Road Hostel in Clapham, London. It was set up by nurse practitioner Samantha Dorney-Smith and initial reports show that it is saving lives, reducing hospital admissions and cutting ambulance calls. Gould writes:
Department of Health economics experts are busy analysing the report's figures as the centre could offer a new model of care for homeless people. Dorney-Smith has high hopes that the intensive treatment on offer at the centre is a real magic bullet – saving lives at no extra cost to the NHS – and that its contract will be extended beyond next March.
Well worth a read - the unit is doing an outstanding job.
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