As Practice Nurse Sue Lea explains, the work of the CAS team is very varied “A typical week can involve supporting people to attend appointments, visiting patients in hospital, running clinics to provide wound care, take bloods, support people to stop smoking, and women’s health issues including contraception. Supporting people with mental health issues is also a very large part of our work.”
For many people sleeping rough and also those with lived experience of homelessness, Wintercomfort’s Overstream House is their trusted place. Somewhere that they feel safe and secure.
The CAS outreach service at Wintercomfort provides holistic general practice care in a way that supports people who might find it challenging to engage with mainstream health services.
Having built a trusting relationship through the outreach service at Overstream House, people will then often feel able to engage directly with the Cambridge Access Surgery on Newmarket Road, a process that is supported by the Wintercomfort team.