CARE home residents have been ahead of the curve in Bury with their "Red Bag" scheme.

Residents have a red bag filled with their health details, medication and personal decisions as well as belongings like glasses, slippers and hearing aids.

These are items which can be lost in an emergency situation.

The red bags are packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency and also have room for a change of clothes. The bags are handed to paramedics and then hospital staff to help doctors make informed decisions and avoid delays.

Catherine Jackson, Executive Nurse for NHS Bury CCG said: “As we have seen in other parts of the country, this simple and innovative scheme will make a genuine difference to elderly care home residents in Bury."

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working in collaboration with Bury Council, Fairfield General Hospital (part of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) and the North West Ambulance Service to launch the Red Bag Scheme in Bury.