Published: 3rd Jul 2019

Nearly one in three homeless people in the West Midlands attended an A&E department in the last 12 months, which is 60 times higher than a non-homeless person, according to a study. Researchers from the University of Birmingham analysed routinely collected datasets from almost 1,000 patients registered to Birmingham Homeless Healthcare Centre in Birmingham city centre. The study also found that nearly one in eight had been offered support for substance dependence and one in five had been offered support for alcohol misuse. A high prevalence of infectious hepatitis C was also identified. The study, funded by Public Health England and West Midlands Combined Authority was published yesterday (July 2) in the British Journal of General Practice. The authors of the study are urging GP practices to make registration of homeless people easier and to provide signposting to specialist homelessness services, where they are available. Shelter estimates that there are over … (To read the full article, subscribe below)