Booze-related admissions rise at Scunthorpe General Hospital for third successive year
ALCOHOL-related hospital admissions in North Lincolnshire have increased for the third straight year, latest figures have revealed.
Hospital staff in North Lincolnshire had to deal on average with around 11 alcohol-related admissions each day.
A total of 4,158 people were admitted to Scunthorpe General Hospital in 2011/12 – a rise of one per cent on the 2010/11 figure of 4,111.
However, this is a significant reduction in the percentage increase seen in previous years – which has seen figures jump by 25 per cent between 2008/09 and 2010/11.
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The figures, released by the Local Alcohol Profile for England, come after the former Humberside Police Authority spent £66,000 six months ago on two health workers in North Lincolnshire to deal with this problem.
The arrest referral scheme aims to signpost drinkers to intervention programmes once they have been arrested at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Luke Broughton has first-hand experience of the problems related with drinking – having spent time in prison for alcohol-related offences.
He welcomed the help on offer and said it was important people were given professional help.
Mr Broughton, who is now helping ex-offenders get back in to work at the Crosby Employment Bureau, said: "The best thing for these people is to be referred to organisations such as Addaction, as they need regular support.
"They need support for the issues as to why they are drinking, such as depression. Alcohol is a really bad addiction.
"Alcohol-related crime is bad for the economy, then there is the impact on health such as liver disease. But I think the best way is to be referred by your GP."
In total, the former Humberside Police Authority invested £288,000 across Humberside to tackle the issue.
It is unclear if the programme will be continued under police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove.
He has vowed to tackle alcohol abuse in his police and crime panel, although he was unavailable to comment on the figures at the time of going to press.
At Scunthorpe General Hospital, an alcohol liaison nurse provides intervention for those frequent visitors, but the number still puts pressure on the service.
Dr Stephen Beer, consultant physician and director of clinical studies acute at Scunthorpe hospital, said: "We do see patients admitted to hospital for alcohol-related reasons.
"These vary from people who are brought in intoxicated to our accident and emergency department, to patients suffering from a range of alcohol- related illnesses, most notably liver disease."
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