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.’

To find out more visit alcohollearningcentre.org.uk.