Pharmacist, Research and Development, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Pharmacist, Homelessness Health Service, Glasgow
Lauren Gibson details a typical day working as part of a pharmacy-led, homeless health outreach service.
Risk factors for mortality, hospitalisation and imprisonment in substance misuse patientsSubscription
Pharmacists should be aware of the mortality rates and adverse outcomes, including hospitalisation and imprisonment, that are rife in illicit drug users and patients on opioid substitution therapy, in order to optimise patient safety and reduce adverse outcomes.
Homelessness is a continuing social concern across the UK. In Glasgow there are an estimated 500 people sleeping rough on the streets at any one time. In England the number of people sleeping rough has risen consecutively for the past 6 years