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Red bag - Hospital staff: discharge

Hospital staff can identify the patient as a care home resident by the presence of the Red Bag.

  • The discharge should be discussed fully with the trusted assessor or care home manager to ensure that the care home is prepared for the discharge.
  • When the patient is ready for discharge, a ward nurse will pack the red bag, ensuring that all the correct paperwork is completed and included: Transfer Form, Care Home Resident Summary Care Plan, a summary of discharge information, ‘This is me’ leaflet, ‘All about me’ leaflet (as applicable) and the Checklist.
  • They will also ensure that the bag contains the discharge letter, any medication (TTOs) prescribed by the hospital with clear instructions for care home staff, together with all the personal belongings that came in with the patient (this can be confirmed by referring to the Red Bag checklist).

The hospital staff will complete the Red Bag Checklist and/or Property List and put this in the bag with the other paperwork.


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