Hospital wins more cash to deal with alcohol-related admissions

Whiston Hospital
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Whiston Hospital will get more money to deal with alcohol-related admissions, the council has announced.

The Hospital Alcohol Liaison Service in Whiston Hospital has had its budget increased to almost £300,000 as figures show the number of people admitted due to alcohol issues has increased by 6.6 per cent since 2008.

The service aims to cut the length of hospital stays and control projected increases of alcohol-related admissions.

The extra funding will be split between Knowsley Council, Knowsley CCG, Halton Council and St Helens Council, which are all beneficiaries of the service.

Knowsley Council will contribute an extra £14,758 to the program, taking its total contribution to £85,444.

There were 1,266 admissions for alcohol-related conditions in Knowsley in 2015/16, the latest year for which data is available.

It puts Knowsley’s rate of alcohol admissions at 897 per 100,000 people, worse than both the English and North West averages.
Nick Tyrrell , Local Democracy Reporting Service