A care service which has been helping the homeless for 25 years marked the milestone with a tea-party for service users on Thursday.
Solent NHS Trust’s Homeless Healthcare Team has been providing essential medical and clinical care for those living on the streets since it first started in 1992.
Nurses, GPs and community mental health nurses treat a range of issues including feet, respiratory problems and blood borne viruses.
Representatives from other organisations, who work with the Trust to help this group of people, attended the celebration at the Two Saints day centre in Southampton where the service is run.
Pamela Campbell, Consultant Nurse Homeless and Inequalities said: “It has been a real honour to work with such a committed team and to be able to make a difference to so many of our service users when they really need help. It has been a privilege to hear their stories and help them with their health.
“While today is not a cause for celebration in itself, it is important to recognise the progress we have made, working together with the Two Saints charity, Southampton City Council and many other voluntary organisations to support the homeless in Southampton.”
Other guests included The Right Worshipful Mayor of Southampton, Cllr Les Harris, who commended the hard work of the Homeless Healthcare Team, saying:
“25 years is a very important milestone. I would like to thank the Homeless Healthcare Team for their commitment to helping service users and for working hard to help those most in need. It must be reassuring for service users to know there is support available from caring and dedicated professionals when they need it.”
Andrew Strevens, Finance and Performance Director of Solent NHS Trust also attended.
The Homeless Healthcare service will register anyone who is homeless in Southampton and who does not have a GP. This includes people sofa surfing, living in hostels or temporary accommodation and families living in emergency accommodation.
Self-referral is by presenting to the Two Saints Day Centre, 30 Cranbury Avenue, Southampton anytimeduring the week between 9am-4pm. Prospective patients can also be seen at Patrick House Hostel on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Alternatively you can telephone 0300 123 3661.