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Community Addiction Service (Downpatrick) – South Eastern Trust

Contact Information

Address
Shimna House, Downshire Hospital, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, Down
Postcode
BT30 6RA View Location on Map >
Telephone Number
028 4451 3921/028 4451 3922
Web Address
http://www.setrust.hscni.netOpens in a new window

Please contact our office for more information using the telephone number given in this profile.

Other Information

Facilities Information

Main Services Provided

The Addictions Service provides a range of accessible, high quality and individual services for adults (aged 18+) residing in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust area, who are dependent on alcohol and/or other drugs.

The Community Addictions Service objectives are as follows:
To provide a comprehensive assessment of all patients engaging with the service
To provide a range of therapeutic psychological interventions within the hospital or community setting, which are accessible and client centred
To facilitate planned drug reduction and/or substitute programmes where appropriate as part of assessment and care planning
To facilitate referral to inpatient services
To provide onward referrals to appropriate agencies when necessary
To provide health education and health promotion in relation to alcohol and substance misuse
To encourage the involvement of relatives throughout the treatment journey

The Addictions Service is multidisciplinary in nature, comprising of Doctors, Nurses and Social Workers. The service encompasses:
Alcohol Liaison Service for the Ulster, Down & Lagan Valley Hospitals
Specialist Addiction Health Promotion Worker who provides education, prevention and training service
The core Community Alcohol/Drug Teams
Dual Diagnosis Nurse
Benzodiazepine Nurse
Substitute Prescribing Team
Inpatient treatment service (Shimna House)

Referral and Criteria

The Addictions Service will accept referrals from General Practitioners, Mental Health Professionals, Prison Service and our contracted voluntary partners i.e. Dunlewey Substance Advice.

Individuals referred who have on-going dependency issues will be sent a letter within two working days informing them of their referral and requesting that they confirm by telephone within five working days if they wish to engage with the service.

Those individuals who fail to confirm will be sent a further letter asking them to contact the service within a further five working days. Failure to do so may result in no further offers being made by the service and they, their GP and/or referral agent will be informed in writing. Once confirmation is received from the patient, individuals will be invited for assessment by a designated worker.
There is an expectation for the client to be a minimum of 12 hours drug/alcohol free at the time of each contact. Individuals who present intoxicated may be offered another appointment, if appropriate and asked to leave.

If involvement is agreed, a range of interventions are available:
Alcohol Education Group
Women’s Group
Men’s Group
Structured day programme
Substitute prescribing
Antabuse Therapy
Campral Therapy
Naltrexone Therapy
Medical Clinic
Drug Reduction Programme
Psychosocial interventions
Anxiety Management
Inpatient treatment (Shimna House, Downshire Hospital)

Discharge from the service can happen following:
Completion of treatment
Onward referral
Non-attendance of appointments
Non-compliance with treatment plan
Self-discharge
Unacceptable behaviour
Violence/aggression either threatened or actual

Organisation Type
  • Health & Social Care
Main Age Groups
  • 18yrs+
Method of Access (Referral)
  • GP
  • Self
Family Support Services Categories
Main Category of Services
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Harm

Areas covered

  • Down

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Community Addiction Service (Downpatrick) – South Eastern Trust

  • Community Addiction Service (Downpatrick) – South Eastern Trust