The Bevan Healthcare Street Health Team Service operates a weekly programme of services with its Street Medicine Bus in Bradford and Leeds, bringing mobile healthcare to those left out by the mainstream system. The latest addition to Street Health Team’s weekly programme is Humankind’s largest rough sleeping service: Bradford No Second Night Out (NSNO) at Discovery House. This service supports both new and entrenched rough sleepers and offers short term emergency accommodation.
The Street Health team, alongside Humankind staff, are now able to break down the barriers of health inequality at NSNO and promote immediate medical care to those in need. Ian Bird, from Bradford District Council, said: “Poor health is widespread amongst those experiencing homelessness and this problem is exacerbated by those who have slept rough. It’s rewarding to see the relationship that has grown between NSCO and Bevan Health Care, providing much needed help to some of Bradford’s most vulnerable people”.
Thomas Mann, the Project Manager at NSNO, is also thrilled to have the Street Medicine Bus at the service: “This partnership between Humankind and Bevan Healthcare has provided a fantastic opportunity for our residents to have access to immediate treatment and healthcare”.
The Street Medicine Bus is equipped to deal with a full range of medical conditions, delivering all that can be expected from a GP, the only difference being the mobile nature of the service. Health promotion, practice registration, assessment and treatment, health screening and advice can all be provided at the unit and the team also has full access to patient’s medical records. This means patients can get immediate and informed help for any new or existing health condition.
It is hoped the partnership will lead to regular and vital engagement between those who use the rough sleeping service and General Practices (GPs) in the areas, as well as continued engagement with the Street Health Team while using the service. Discovery House residents are already benefiting from the service, with one resident saying: “This is the first time I’ve accessed the Medicine Bus and the staff were friendly and helpful, my issue was sorted and I’m now registered with a GP”.