A nurse led team at Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust has been set up to support hospital staff in giving patients with alcohol or drug related illnesses and injuries the highest quality of care.
The Hospital Alcohol and Drug Liaison Team consists of a nurse specialist and nurse practitioner, who are available to help staff deal with alcohol related admissions in their care.
Nurse specialist Richard Gratton said: “We’re here to help staff provide the right care to patients who have an underlying drug or alcohol problem. Hospital admission is one of the best times to talk to people and to provide advice aimed at prompting positive behaviour change.
“According to recent figures more than a third of A&E attendances and one in 16 hospital admissions are alcohol related.
“In Derbyshire we think that 131,500 people drink in excess of lower risk levels with 19,000 of those being alcohol dependant,” she said. “We’re talking about large numbers of patients that are likely to benefit from advice from healthcare professionals and improvements in their care management”
The majority of referrals to the team will be seen within 48 hours and it is hoped the team can help reduce lengths of stay, incidents of aggression and readmission rates.