Working in emergency departments in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayrshire Navigator aims to help stop the revolving door of violent injury in our hospitals.
The programme was launched at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2015 with two Navigators based in the emergency department. Following success at GRI, Navigator was expanded to include the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock.
Our Navigators complement the work of medical staff by engaging with patients who have been affected by violence. Using a wide range of contacts with services outside the emergency room the Navigators offer support to help patients change their lives. The aim is to break the cycle of violence for the individual and ease the pressure that violence places on the NHS.
Navigator is a confidential service which is run by the VRU in close partnership with Medics Against Violence, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lothian, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and the Scottish Government.