ISSUE 46

JUNE 2010

The Changing Times
 

Quarterly magazine for and by people with addiction related
problems in the Dudley Borough ~ www.thechangingtimes.org.uk

CONTENTS
SITE HOME PAGE
This issue Front Page
Introduction
HEALTH PROMOTION FOCUS - The Physical Effects of ALCOHOL!!
PANCREATITIS
Poets Corner 1
The Robin Banks Interview

What Do People Think Of The Changing Times ?

What Is Korsakoff's?
AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS
Periphersl Neuropathy
How To Get Help For An Alcohol, Drug or Gambling Problem
Anthony's Health Quiz - £10 Voucher
The Alcohol Liaison Team
FEEDBACK QUESTIONNAIRE
Legal Highs, What's The Story
LIVER DISEASE
Going To Residential Rehab
Volunteering With NHS Dudley
Saltwells Wood Bluebell Walk
I Literally Pickled My Brain
Thank Yous
Dudley Stop Smoking Service
Photographic Competition
Life In Rehab
Alcoholics Teaching Me a Thing Or Two
Poetry Competition Extension
Matt's Photo Reflections
A Story Of An Extraordinary Dog
Poets Corner 2

The Alcohol Liaison Team

My name is Annetta Cummings and I work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Alcohol Liaison Team.
I am based at the Accident and Emergency Department in Russells Hall Hospital.

A major part of my job is "working towards reducing alcohol-related hospital admissions in the Emergency Department". This task involves fostering positive working relationships with partners and stakeholders in the community e.g. housing, police, primary care, public health, relatives, etc.

A typical working day starts at 07.00 in the department and ends at 15.00 in the community.

I liaise with the staff on the emergency department to look for given opportunities to identify and offer brief advice to patients who may misuse alcohol. This involves ensuring an understanding of alcohol units and risk levels: low risk, increasing or higher risk.

Also knowing where they sit on the risk scale, highlighting the physical and mental health benefits of cutting down/stopping
their alcohol use.

The options I offer the patient for community
alcohol follow-up include education leaflets, information about advertising campaigns, Aquarius, Alcoholics Anonymous, Community Alcohol Team and Substance Misuse Team.

Some patients require specialist clinical assessments or advice to assist medical interventions which can result in admission.
Undertaking community visits/outreach to patients from the department, either at home or their GP surgery is a bonus to my
job. This entails discussions with family members or friends, motivational interviewing, health advice, contact with specialist services and/or liaison with partners and stakeholders.

Evidence from the Department of Health suggests that brief advice can reduce weekly drinking by 13% and 34%, resulting in 2.9 to 8.7 fewer mean drinks per week with significant effect on recommended or safe alcohol use (Whitlock et al, 2004)

Everyone has a part to play with issues associated with alcohol, so if you want to get involved or find out more please get in touch on the following number 01384 366810.