Homeless patients at the Compass Centre, near Bristol’s main bus station, are seeing the benefits of an ambitious data-sharing scheme that was introduced in October 2016 and is being developed at BrisDoc. The aim of the scheme is to pool all available information from medical, psychiatric, social agencies and prisons to enable doctors to work effectively with patients.
Bristol has the second highest number of rough sleepers in the UK, after Westminster. The number of people sleeping rough in Bristol is 74 according to the most recent count. Nationally, the number of rough sleepers has increased by 51% over the past two years, from 2,744 to 4,134.
If BrisDoc gets the data sharing right with this complex group of patients, the GPs involved believe the model could be applied across the NHS. Read more on the Guardian here.