Alcohol Liaison Service welcomes Yvette Cooper MP

Yvette Cooper MP paid a visit to Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service on Friday 24 March to learn more about our work supporting hospital patients in Wakefield.

Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service (ALS), based in Pinderfields Hospital, provides tailored support for patients who arrive in Pinderfields with alcohol-related illness and injury.

Established in 2013, the service has supported over 2000 patients, including over 500 referred directly from the Emergency Department in the past four years. The ALS referrals from other wards, including the Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) and other wards, and delivers training on alcohol assessment and screening across the hospital.

The ALS team run weekly clinics for inpatients at the hospital and offer personalised advice on safer drinking, unit guidance and community detoxification. Patients are referred to ALS through the Emergency Department and other hospital wards – and for many, this is the first contact they have with alcohol support services.

Spectrum’s Clinical Operations Manager, Jacqui Black, said: “ALS provides a valuable service and helps to reduce pressure on the Emergency Department at Pinderfields, allowing patients to have faster access to specialist alcohol support when they come into A & E and reducing the need for repeated admissions relating to alcohol misuse. This service also helps to prevent patients who need support from ‘falling off-radar’ when they leave hospital, and ensures that they have consistent, ongoing support in the community if they need it. ALS has made a real difference so far and will continue to develop over the next three years.”

Spectrum’s ALS recently won a new contract to continue supporting the hospital until 2020, and in April the service will begin a new pilot project to encourage wider alcohol screening and assessment.