Portsmouth’s specialist alcohol nurse commended

QA Hospital in Cosham

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A SPECIALIST nurse dealing with Portsmouth’s alcohol problem was highly commended for her work at a national awards ceremony.

Sue Atkins is part of the Alcohol Nurse Specialist Team, in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

She came in second place at the Nursing Times awards in the Nurse of the Year category.

Sue said: ‘It’s fantastic to have such a dedicated team to work with patients who have alcohol problems.

‘The fact that patients might have been hospitalised as a result of an illness or accident linked to their drinking, provides us with an opportunity to motive them to change.’

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, set up the specialist team to deal with the high levels of alcohol abuse in the area.

An audit of the first 1,000 patients revealed an average weekly consumption of 200 units of alcohol – the equivalent of more than 20 bottles of wine or 4.5 litres of spirits.

The highest consumption was 700 units in one week.

If you think you have an alcohol-related problem and are in need of confidential advice, contact the Alcohol Interventions Team on (023) 9284 1753 or speak to your GP.

For facts and advice about alcohol, go to drinkaware.co.uk.