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A hospital care pathway for alcohol

Pat Elliott, RN, CertEd; Margaret Davies, RN, DipN; Elaine Scott, BA (Hons), RN, CertEdPat-Ward Manager; Margaret-Ward Manager; Elaine-Clinical Governance Co-ordinator, Medical Directorate, Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral Hospital NHS TrustThe cost to the NHS of alcohol problems is phenomenal (see Boxes 1 and 2). In the Wirral, north-west England, a total of £1.3 million was spent on alcohol-related cases in 1998-1999 between secondary and primary care (Jones, 2001).

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