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Homeless healthcare in the emergency department
  1. Gemma Elizabeth Dovey,
  2. Sammer Tang,
  3. James Mapstone
  1. South Regional Team, Public Health England South Region, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gemma Elizabeth Dovey, South Regional Team, Public Health England South Region, Bristol BS1 6EH, UK; gemma_dovey{at}

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Dear Editor,

Those classed as homeless have a greatly reduced life expectancy compared to the population average:at 44 years for men and 42 years for women. New legislation has come into force that gives a powerful tool for emergency front-line staff to break down the cycle of disadvantage and help reduce attendances from this group.

Clinicians working in urgent and emergency care settings may well be the first and only health professionals that someone who is homeless see. It must therefore be recognised that this healthcare encounter could be the key opportunity to improve the life course for this person. It is important to note that ‘homelessness’ does …

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  • Contributors GED, ST and JM worked together to write this letter as part of their ’Homeless Health' work for Public Health England (South Regional Team).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.