"Harvey House Detox Unit Closure"
About: Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust / Addiction services Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Addiction services PR5 6AW
Posted by Recovered Alcoholic (as ),
I would like to bring to your attention the current proposals by the Health Ministry / NHS to close one of the few remaining dedicated Alcohol Detox units in the North of the UK.
Harvey House is a unique 16 bed residential Alcohol Detox unit, opened in 1965 and has been providing an irreplaceable service to the community to date. Harvey House provides a service to the whole of the Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust region from Cumbria in the North to Skelmersdale in the South and also the Isle of Man.
The proposed solution to the closure of Harvey House appears to be an adhoc provision of either Community detox or a one stop shop approach mixing the differing needs of alcohol addiction. It is my view that this approach will be more costly and has already proven to be unsuccessful.
Alternative provisions for Alcohol Detox services offered by the Service Commissioner NHS North Lancashire will, I belive, ensure that the service becomes fragmented across the north of the UK, causing significant detriment to the people currently desperate for the treatment and support that they require.
In the current climate of increasing alcohol related illness, disease and deaths (regulary reported in the media) it is, in my view, an absolute travesty Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust are even contemplating axing this vital service.
I would also like to make it known that I have been a recipient of the expert care and support provided by Harvey House, I feel that personally I owe my life and future success directly to the staff and supporters of Harvey House.