Alcohol treatment facility opens in East Yorkshire

A new facility to help people with alcohol addiction has opened in Hull and East Yorkshire.

The five-bed unit offers counselling and therapy sessions to adults over the age of 18 over a 14-day period.

Based at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, the centre is run by the Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

Hull City Council, which has partly funded the unit, said hospital admissions for alcohol-related harm were "higher than average in Hull".

'Complex problems'

Vicky Harris, head of drug and offender health strategy at the council, said they hoped unit would "play a part in reducing pressure on admissions, the prevalence of hazardous and harmful drinking and alcohol-related violent crime".

Tom Phillips, consultant nurse, said the facility offered round the clock support and could help change people's lives.

"It's really important that people are given the right environment to address their problems.

"Many people can be successfully treated in the community but this centre will help people with more complex problems make the necessary changes to rebuild their life and relationships."

Access to the service is organised by the Hull Community Alcohol Team or East Riding Community Alcohol Team.

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