People who come into contact with the criminal justice system also face significant health inequalities.
According to Public Health England, the mortality rate for prisoners is almost 50% higher than it is for the rest of the population.* To reduce this inequality, Spectrum encourages our staff to take an innovative approach to improving care.
In 2019, healthcare staff in HMP Preston developed an award-winning project which would allow on-site haemodialysis treatment to be offered to patients for the first time.
Spotlight on success
This project was developed when Spectrum nurse, Lyndsey Bibby, realised that no on-site dialysis facilities were available for patients. She found that collectively, prison officers in HMP Preston were spending over 50 hours per week, per prisoner, in escorting dialysis patients to hospital appointments – an estimated cost of around £2,000 per month in working hours.
Lyndsey instigated discussions with the Head of Healthcare before approaching the prison Governor to discuss her ideas – outlining how the project would work and its benefits for patients.
After being allocated a room to use as a dialysis suite, Lyndsey sourced haemodialysis machines and began a staggered programme of training for healthcare staff.