Increase in liver deaths – NHS calls for ‘focus of efforts’

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Last week, the NHS reported a 25% increase in deaths from liver disease in England. 

NHS report - Deaths from liver diseaseThe NHS report, called “Deaths from Liver Disease – Implications for End of Life Care in England”, highlights heavy alcohol consumption as a major cause - with 37% of deaths due to alcoholic liver disease.

An article in the Guardian covering the NHS report said: “Deaths rose from 9,231 in 2001 to 11,575 in 2009.”

Quoted in the same article, the NHS’s national clinical director for liver disease, Martin Lombard, said: "The key drivers for increasing numbers of deaths from liver disease are all preventable...we must focus our efforts and tackle this problem sooner rather than later."

One Equinox approach to alcohol misuse...

One of the ways Equinox are offering service users a way out of their alcohol problems is through our Brook Drive service – a residential detoxification service in South East London, for adults with a history of substance misuse (alcohol and / or drugs).

Brian Davis, Service Manager at Brook Drive: “I’ve been working in this field for 30 years. There is still a general attitude of looking down on people with alcohol or substance misuse issues – but no-one becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs for fun. Alcohol and drug detoxification is a very cost-effective option – when left untreated, there can be costs amounting to many thousands per week of chaos on the street.”

Full detoxification support for service users...

At Brook Drive, our resident doctor is available 5 days a week for our service users to discuss their progress during their alcohol or drug detox. Nursing support is 24 hours a day. Our project workers provide group and individual sessions. And we have complementary therapists who provide treatments such as shiatsu and Indian head massage.”

Healthy body, healthy mind...

Good nutrition is also important at Brook Drive. Chef, Laura, encourages service users to find out about eating a balanced diet by providing healthy meal options whilst they are going through their detoxification programme.

Personalisation of services...

Catering to individual requirements can increase service user engagement with their alcohol or drug detox. Access for wheelchair users to all floors, provision for pets and a women’s only lounge room are just a few of the ways different types of service users are involved at Brook Drive.

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