GP services for homeless people in the city have taken a positive step forward.
Our Homeless GP service has moved into its new base on Paddington Close, Pendleton. This means the GP service will be co-located with Salford Loaves and Fishes, which provides meals, activities and support services for homeless people, and other agencies who provide drugs, alcohol, smoking and accommodation support.
Research indicates that the average homeless person has a life expectancy of 47, compared to 77 for the rest of the population. The life expectancy for women is even lower, at just 43 years.
Dr Wan-ley Yeung, Clinical Lead for the GP Homeless Service, said: “Having all services under the same roof provides positive benefits for homeless clients. It means there is a single place where they can go to to gain support to help address their poverty and health without having to travel across the city to different services and repeat their often heart breaking stories over and over again. We really feel that our move to Paddington Close is really positive for Salford’s homeless community.”
The Homeless GP service runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am until 2pm; the same times that Salford Loaves and Fishes have their day centre open. For further details about the GP Homeless Service, call 0161 737 8969.