My Catheter Passport is here
King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, including community services, are launching My Catheter Passport today (Monday 20 July) to improve care for people with catheters.
Catheter associated urinary tract infections remain a source of avoidable serious infections in the trusts and community, despite the progress made in recent years to reduce the number of infections.
The Passport is a patient document full of useful information and key contact details for people with catheters, to empower them to live as independently as possible with their catheters, and know what services can to support them.
It also allows the sharing of patient catheter care plans between health and social care professionals in hospital and the community, ensuring there is an up-to-date record that is easily accessible.
During this week, My Catheter Passport is being rolled-out across general practice, King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital including community services.
Adrian Hopper, Consultant Geriatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Passport will really help improve communication between all the different health and social care professionals involved in catheter care. This has already been evident during testing.”
My Catheter Passport was developed by people with catheter experience and colleagues from King's College Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and general practice.
Adrian went on to say: “It’s fantastic that we had the opportunity to co-design the Passport with people with catheters and health and social care professionals.”
This patient-owned document should be with patients throughout their care and be used to keep a record of catheter changes or issues.
My Catheter Passport will be given to patients when they are discharged from hospital and those currently receiving care in the community.
You can view My Catheter Passport here.