New e-learning course to identify alcohol patients

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NURSES and doctors are finding out how to spot alcohol-related problems from a new website developed in Portsmouth.

Each year around 4,000 people are admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, due to drinking – costing the health service around £10m a year.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has developed an e-learning course, which has been introduced nationally, to help medical staff identify alcohol issues, give advice and refer patients if necessary.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health and primary care, said: ‘We recognise the impact alcohol misuse has on patients in Portsmouth and are keen to do all we can to reduce alcohol problems in the future.’

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