Substance misuse clinic

To further improve services in Lewis and Harris for people affected by drug and alcohol use, NHS Western Isles has developed an open access clinic, to offer advice and support to individuals affected by substance misuse.

The clinic is for people who have an addiction to alcohol or drugs and also for people who are affected by someone else’s substance use. The purpose of the clinic is to offer advice to people who are affected by substances and who are not already supported by substance misuse services.

NHS Western Isles Alcohol and Mental Health Nurse Elizabeth Shelby explained: “Outer Hebrides Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) funds a range of services that provide support to people affected by drug and alcohol use. Assessment by specialist substance use services should be offered within 21 days of referral, and island services meet this target in 93 per cent of cases. To further improve this excellent track record, NHS Western Isles is launching this new open access clinic.”

Launching on July 19, the clinic will take place every Tuesday between 11am and 1pm at Springfield Road Health Centre and is manned by Alcohol & Mental Health Nurse, Elizabeth Shelby and Community Alcohol Nurse, Chris Mina Morrison.

Information leaflets with further details will be available in the coming weeks from local GP surgeries.

For further up to date information on other substance use services please visit the HI website or contact the Alcohol & Drug Partnership on 01851 708923.