Medway A&E alcohol intervention pilot scheme

Patients identified by A&E staff as having problems with alcohol will be referred to a new intervention service to reduce the numbers attending.

The two-year pilot scheme in Medway will involve specialist nurses who have in-depth experience working with alcohol and substance abuse cases.

They will offer an appointment within 24 hours of a patient being seen at Medway Maritime Hospital.

People aged over 18 and live in Medway are eligible for scheme.

'Very effective'

Clinical Nurse Specialist Lisa Purland said: "Research has shown that identification and brief advice can be very effective.

"We also hope that the service will increase the take up of resources in the community and reduce A&E attendances."

Her colleague Emma White said: "Sometimes our job is about getting people to recognise that their drinking could be putting their health at risk.

"We also work with people who are very dependent and we will recommend medication to help with their withdrawal."

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