Weston General Hospital teams up with charity to help addicts

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 July 2016




People suffering with drug and alcohol addictions will now be able to be treated in their own home following a new project which has been launched by a North Somerset charity.

Addaction – a drug and alcohol charity – has developed a mobile support service for those who are suffering with addiction but are too ill to travel to the centre, which is in Weston’s Boulevard.

It has also teamed up with Public Health England and will provide training for Weston General Hospital staff about how to deal with patients and develop treatments which will continue once they have been discharged.

The aim of the project is to reduce the number of hospital readmissions for drug and alcohol related health issues and is being funded by North Somerset Council.

The number of admissions to hospital due to alcohol in North Somerset is more than the national average.

There were 728 hospital admissions for alcohol-related issues from 2014-15 in the district. The majority of those were people aged 40-64.

Addaction’s clinical pharmacist, Rachel Britton, said: “So far, we have spent time promoting the service to hospital staff and they have already called about a lady who has been admitted who is very ill due to her drinking.

“We can now go in and visit her, start working with her and keep working with her when she comes out, until she’s at a point where we can hand her support over to one of our regular teams.

“It’s intensive work with individuals who need it until they’re ready for our normal service.”

This trial project will initially run until March 2017 with the hope it will be a permanent addition.

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