Survey of services John Perrott - APPGITA

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Survey of services John Perrott - APPGITA

1. Conversion to a longer-acting benzodiazepine like diazepam.

2. Provision of withdrawal schedules.

3. Knowledge of the Ashton manual.

4. Provision of appropriate psychological support.

5. Provision of a help-line.

6. Any other details of such referral processes.

PCT Responses (alphabetical order)

Each PCT response is preceded by John Perrott’s comments in red.

A

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT YES Provided by CITA

Our response is below:

The PCT commissions an outside provider to place counselors in practices to

provide one to one support to patients that are withdrawing from these drugs.

The counselors are based in approximately a quarter of our practices at any

one time. This is normally practices where there is a high level of prescribing

of benzodiazepines and Z drugs. In addition, there is a referral service where

practices that do not have their own allocated counselor can refer their patients.

If you are not satisfied with the information you have been provided with, make

a complaint or wish to request an internal review you should write to Pauline

Brown, Information Governance Manager at the above address. This should be

done within a reasonable period of time from receiving this response.

If you are not satisfied with our review under the Freedom of Information Act, you

may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,

the Information Commissioner’s Office cannot make a decision unless you have

exhausted our complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be

contacted at:

Locality Chairman: Alan Stephenson.

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me quoting

the above reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Andrea Hughes

Information Governance

Barking and Dagenham PCT NO see Redbridge

Barnet PCT NO – The only service in London is provided by the long established and experienced

tranquilliser project at Camden MIND and this is for Camden and Islington residents only and also is a

charity and not an in-house NHS service

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