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Health care for the homeless.

Health care for the homeless.

A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland that causes the neck to swell.
It is one of the most common thyroid disorders.

Goiters are often harmless but symptoms can occur, and treatment may be required depending on the size and type of goiter.

Rough sleepers and those in emergency or temporary accommodation do not typically die of exposure or other direct effects of homelessness, according to international research by the US-based National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Instead, they mainly die as a result of treatable conditions such as liver and gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory problems and the consequences of drug and alcohol addiction. But accessing treatment at an early stage in the UK can be very difficult for homeless people, who face bureaucratic barriers including needing a proof of address to register at a GP surgery when they are also often in personal crisis.

Although a lot of guidance on commissioning primary healthcare for homeless people has been issued since the 1990s, access varies greatly from region to region. A recent King’s College London study found that only 43% of homelessness projects were linked to a specialist healthcare service like Arch, with particular gaps in small towns and rural areas.

"Explored" 26/02/2019

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Photo taken @ Porto on 14 October 2015 (© Neil. Moralee / Flickr)

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