Many homeless people face barriers when trying to access health services.
Although many homeless people are registered with healthcare services, many will not be using them. This could be because they have moved away from the area where they are registered with a GP. Or because they have had a bad experience of using heath care services either through treatment or how they were discharged.
A substantial number of homeless people use hospital A&E departments for treatment instead of going to see a GP.
When people are discharged following a hospital admission, many will have nowhere stable to convalesce. With no support, they return to rough sleeping or sofa surfing which won’t aid their recovery.