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NHS to set up new alcohol and tobacco services for patients admitted to hospital

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l78
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS will establish new dedicated alcohol and tobacco treatment services to help vulnerable problem drinkers and smokers admitted to hospitals in England.

New alcohol care teams will be set up in up to 50 NHS hospitals to provide on the spot support to patients and their families dealing with alcohol misuse. The teams will be rolled out in areas with the highest number of alcohol related admissions, working with local community services to provide support such as counselling and medically assisted help.

And 600 000 smokers admitted to hospitals in areas of the country with the greatest …

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