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Alcohol outreach services helping to prevent hospital admissions in Bedfordshire and Luton

14 June 2017


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Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups have highlighted the importance of Alcohol outreach services in the region that are working to prevent hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease. Locally, hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease are lower than the national average of 35% (per 100,000 people). In Bedford Borough, the average number of hospital admissions for liver disease relating to alcohol is 25%, in Central Bedfordshire it is 21.6% and in Luton 31.2%*

Sarah Pacey, Public Health Manager for Drug and Alcohol services in Luton said, “Great steps have been made around Bedfordshire and Luton to improve drug and alcohol treatment to prevent people needing hospital treatment.

“For example, ResoLUTiONs now provides outreach services that offer personalised care within two miles of each resident’s home. They deliver workshops in schools around Luton to raise awareness and additional recovery support networks are provided at the Recovery Hub in Luton”.

Zara Hamer, Service Manager for Drug and Alcohol Services for Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire said, In Bedfordshire, “Path to Recovery (P2R) is a one-stop service providing advice, treatment and support to adults aged 18+ and their families whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use. Services are provided from hubs in Bedford and Dunstable with a satellite site in Leighton Buzzard and several GP practices within the county”.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) recently published a report**, which suggested that alcohol consumption is at an all-time low.  The findings based on the responses of around 7,700 adults aged 16+ in Great Britain suggest 56.9% of respondents consumed alcohol in the week leading up to the survey. This is down from 64.2% in 2005.

In response to the report, a team from Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups surveyed people in Luton to get their views on why alcohol consumption may have declined.  The stigma of binge drinking, the cuts in happy hours, the cost of alcohol, and the smoking ban in pubs were just a few reasons mentioned by participants.

The videos can be viewed on the CCG YouTube channel.

Liver disease, however, remains the fifth ‘biggest killer’ in England & Wales and alcohol consumption is its most common cause. Alcohol misuse costs the NHS approximately £2.7 billion each year.  If you are concerned about Drug & Alcohol misuse and would like further information please contact your GP.

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For more information contact 01525 864406/ 01525 864430 communications@bedfordshirecg.nhs.uk

Notes to editors

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·         BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.

·         *Local Alcohol Profiles for England

·         **Adult drinking habits in Great Britain: 2005 to 2016

·         Path to Recovery (P2R) is provided by Bedfordshire mental health and wellbeing service. For more details visit their website.

·         ResoLUTiONs Luton is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults, young people and families. For more detail visit their website.

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