The Croydon Hospital
Discharge Project is set up to prevent the discharge of homeless
patients onto the street and to ensure their stay in hospital is no longer than
necessary as a result of their homelessness.
has also saved the NHS money by unblocking hospital bed spaces and helping
homeless people into suitable accommodation when they are ready to leave
Reach’s Hospital Link Worker, based with Croydon Reach (Outreach &
Resettlement Team), works closely with the staff of Croydon University Hospital.
The staff member is at the hospital daily both within the A&E Department and
the wards, and continues to support patients once they are discharged in to the
The project has already achieved the following outcomes:
204 people have been supported by the scheme since its inception
A reduction in the number of discharges from Croydon University
Hospital which result in people who are homeless returning to the streets
The prevention of unnecessary hospital admissions: 66 people (32%)
were only seen in the A&E department and were not admitted to hospital
A reduction in length of stay and hospital readmissions within 28
days of discharge
Funding for the project comes from Croydon Council and was recently recommissioned until 2017.
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