Health Link, part of Homeless Health Service, provides homeless people in Bristol with a drop-in health service to treat their physical and mental health needs. The nursing team support clients who are dealing with severe problems due to homelessness, and often treat people who find it difficult to access other health services.
Many are at high risk and use A&E repeatedly.
The aim of the Health Link team is to champion the needs of homeless people, seeing everyone as an individual and working with people sensitively to encourage them to engage with the service, and also to support to referrals to other health, housing and support agencies.
In a client survey conducted in March 2015, 92% of Health Link clients agreed or strongly agreed that they have taken more control over their health and wellbeing and are better able to engage with services. And 75% said the support they had received at Health Link had reduced their likely visits to A&E.
Health Link works closely with other services offered as part of Homeless Health Service and is based at the Compass Centre in Stokes Croft, Bristol.