The workers at the A&E Alcohol Service, which sits under the North Yorkshire Horizons umbrella, say they’re delighted its contract has been extended for a further two years.
The service is commissioned by Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (SRCCG) and works in partnership with Scarborough General Hospital.
The service offers alcohol advice and brief interventions to patients who have attended the A&E department – either through a referral from A&E staff for those who are being discharged or via the Ward Teams for those who have been admitted.
A&E Alcohol Worker Kerrie Whitehead-Blakemore, (pictured on page 1), said: “We are absolutely thrilled! The service continues to grow and develop and we have lots of exciting plans for the year ahead – such as developing our training package for hospital staff and the inclusion of the Urgent Care Team within this.
“The service is so well received by both patients and hospital staff. The staff team are also delighted by the news due to the value they place on the service and the impact that they have seen the service has for patients.”
Kerrie added: “We have to say a huge thank you to the rest of the NYH team for their continued support.
“We aim to make the links between NYH and Hospital staff much easier and will continue to work to make the transition for patients from in-patient to community care as smooth as possible”.
More informed decisions
The interventions are aimed at helping people make more informed decisions about how much alcohol they drink and reducing the harm of alcohol on themselves and others.
The project aims to help people to access relevant support services and some of the key aims are to reduce the number of alcohol related re-attendances to A&E and re-admissions onto hospital wards.
Nicky Booth, DISC Area Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the invaluable work of the A&E Alcohol Service extended for a further two years.
“This service has developed considerably since commencement and has achieved significant positive outcomes for the patients accessing Scarborough A&E Department that it supports.
Nicky added: “The workers are very passionate about the service and its value to patients and it’s lovely to see this recognised formally through the contract extension”