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Government Minister visits LCAS

Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality was impressed by Liverpool Community Alcohol Service (LCAS) during a fact finding visit to Liverpool on Thursday 29th March.

The minister learned more about alcohol treatment services in the region at a special briefing at Childwall Neighbourhood Centre with LCAS experts Dr Steve Hood, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Liver Specialist at Aintree University Hospital, Dr Mohammed Faizal, Clinical Director of Mersey Care’s Addictions Service and Kevin Davey, Commissioner, Offender Health and Substance Misuse.

LCAS is a joint venture between Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS Trust in which addiction experts and hospital specialists work together to address the mental and physical impact of alcohol dependency.

The pioneering service provides both community and hospital based treatment services and aims to reduce alcohol abuse using multi-disciplinary teams. There are now 75 community clinics across Liverpool each week and more than 3,500 people have been referred to LCAS since its launch in 2011.

Lord Howe said that LCAS was an excellent example of organisations working in partnership to improve quality of care for patients across Merseyside.  He added: “The staff I have met today are all dedicated to making a difference to the lives of patients and their families".