Services Offered

H&ASH Service: GP and nurse service

SMART Service: Methadone prescribing service with treatment and detoxification programme

Health Link Team: specialist advice, guidance and support for homeless people seeking health related services.

Healthcare & Advice for Single Homeless people (H&ASH)

Covering both prevention and treatment, Compass Health runs daily drop-in sessions at the Compass Centre in Stokes Croft. Clients can be referred on appropriately within the Compass Health team or to other support agencies.

Accessible and flexible, the H&ASH service offers an holistic approach covering emotional, physical and mental health needs. Our nurses work with the St. Mungo’s outreach team, and the Bristol Drugs Project. A GP works from One25’s drop-in once a week. A nurse runs a drop in clinic at the Wild Goose, Logos House and Longhills once a week.

How can H&ASH help?

Compass Health’s daily clinics and drop-in service offers:
– general health advice and treatment
– support and advice re: mental health problems
– safe injecting advice
– minor injury care
– testing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy; all contraceptive methods available
– drugs/alcohol support and referral to other specialist services
– testing and counseling for blood borne viruses such as HIV/Hepatitis B & C
– opticians service
– referrals and liaison with other health and homeless services.

For further information on the Compass Health outreach clinics please see our timetable or contact us.

Supervised Methadone and Resettlement Team (SMART) Clinics

For homeless people who are opiate dependent and have a history of sleeping rough, Compass Health offers a two year Methadone or Subutex prescribing service with treatment  – backed by counselling and support.

Referrals take two to three weeks and all SMART clients take Methadone or Subutex under the daily supervision of a community pharmacist.Appointments at the Compass Centre run throughout the week. For further information telephone 0117 989 2450.

Alternatively, Compass Health can help clients prepare to enter a community Methadone programme elsewhere.

Who does the SMART team help

– rough sleepers
– clients actively involved in the resettlement process
– people aged 18 years or over
– clients committed to making a change in their drug related behaviour
– people who are opiate dependent

Health Link

The Health Link team provides specialist advice and guidance for homeless people seeking health related services.  With the aim of championing the needs of homeless people, the team gives sensitive support and promotes a client’s healthcare rights to help  engagement and to tailor care to suit the individual.

The Health Link team provides specialist advice and guidance for homeless people seeking health related services.  With the aim of championing the needs of homeless people, the team gives sensitive support and promotes a client’s healthcare rights to help  engagement and to tailor care to suit the individual.

Once a client has engaged with the service, Health Link assesses specific needs and can then liaise with outreach teams or refer to other health, housing and support agencies to ensure stability and continuity of care for recovery.

Who does the Health Link team support

– homeless or vulnerably housed people
– clients with severe health problems due to homelessness
– people unable to access health or support services
– high risk clients or people in a health crisis
– people who use A&E repeatedly or inappropriately
– clients with complex physical and mental health needs and not linked into health and support services.