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Help for addicts

Grantham Hospital

The team at Grantham Hospital’s A&E department are working with Lincolnshire’s new drug and alcohol recovery team to help people who are at risk of harm because of their drinking and drug use.

A&E teams across the county have linked up with the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Team (DART). A&E staff are trained to quickly identify people at increased risk of alcohol and drug-related harm and can refer them directly on to the specialist services provided by DART.

The DART team works with A&E patients by offering personalised treatment that focuses on each individual’s broad-ranging needs related to their addicition.

Each year, there are around 4,000 A&E attendances at Lincolnshire’s hospitals where drugs or alcohol are listed as the reason for the person’s visit.

By identifying people who may have a problem early on and referring them directly to DART for help with their dependency, their risk of harm can be reduced.

Head of service for DART, Nige Dixon, said: “Reducing hospital admissions caused by alcohol-related illness or injury is a major area of focus for DART. Alcohol-related injury and health problems have a substantial burden on the NHS and costs the country approximately £2.7 billion per year.

“By working closely with A&E we can hopefully raise awareness of the help and support available, with a view to reducing alcohol-related injuries and addressing problematic alcohol and drug use before it has a significant impact on someone’s long-term health.”

Fund-raisers

Prize appeal

A duo organising a charity football match and family fun day in March are appealing for raffle prizes and prizes for children’s games.

Carl Garner and Laura Harrison are holding the fund-raisers on March 24 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The football match will be held at the football ground in Harrowby Lane, with the faily fun day following at Gravity bar, in Market Place, between 3pm and 6pm.

A whole host of activities and games are planned, and Carl and Laura need prizes to give away to winners.

If you can help, call Carl on 07514 207815.

Winter warmer

Lincs Community Foundation

The Lincolnshire Community Foundation is spending £250,000 of NHS money through its Responders to Warmth service, providing affordable warmth in Lincolnshire, an area of crippling fuel poverty - high on winter-related accidents, ill health and deaths.

If you are in poor health and you can’t afford to keep warm, contact Responders Warmth on 0845 505 4566 or e-mail: admin@responderstowarmth to see if you qualify for services.

The services can be anything from slippers and thermal socks to free loft and wall insulation; boiler repairs, and home energy visits.