In response to Inside Out episode ‘A and E: Challenges and Solutions’

News item posted: 19 June 2017

In response to the recent BBC One 'Inside Out' programme 'A and E: Challenges and Solutions, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said;

"It is clear that alcohol misuse puts immense pressure on A and E services. Since 2002/03 alcohol related hospital admissions have increased by 40% to an estimated 1.22million across England in 2011/12. The focus this programme brings to new and innovative ways of responding to the growing pressure on A and E services is welcome.

From the support Turning Point provides in A and E services in Gateshead and Sunderland we know that both patients and hospitals benefit from brief alcohol interventions being available.

By having staff based at A and E they are able to give patients advice and information, complete alcohol screening and signpost to local and national alcohol services. We are already seeing evidence that early intervention schemes in hospitals work.

Since Recovery Navigation began at Sunderland Royal Hospital in Oct 2011 there has been a decline in the overall alcohol related attendances. Providing early interventions has been proven to help people understand the problems caused by excessive binge drinking. This is turn reduces what is all too often the 'revolving door' of admissions into A and E. Replicating services like this across the country would go a long way towards reducing the mounting pressure on A and E services."