detoxification/rehabilitation if needed. There are also self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous etc, however the first point of call would be via the GP. Should you require further information, please let me know. Kind regards Jenny McFarlane Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) & Complaints Officer NHS South East London Lewisham Business Support Unit Liverpool PCT No – they refer to the experienced and long established voluntary charity CITA which is not NHS funded and struggling to maintain a service due to a lack of funding. M Manchester PCT PARTIAL at time of response and new service cannot be evaluated until in place Please find attached a response to your email requesting information regarding services for patients who are dependent upon prescribed only benzodiazepine and z drug tranquillisers and sleeping tablets I am sorry that this information did not get to you in the first instance. I liaised with the Public Health regarding your enquiry and the response from them is that the short answer to your question is no. This is not currently commissioned. A number of our current providers however, including Greater Manchester West (GMW), Lifeline, and Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) will see people with these problems. GMW has reported that the numbers referred to them from GP's are small. From July 2012, 3 new providers will start to deliver (and the current services provided by those providers mentioned above will be de-commissioned.) The 3 new providers are being commissioned to work with adults who have problems with any drug including those mentioned. If you would like further information you can contact Marie Earle Programme Lead for drug treatment in Public Health Manchester who can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, please accept my apologies for any delay in you receiving this information. Regards Sue Curzon PALS & Complaints Lead Officer PALS & Complaints Team NHS Manchester Room 3, 1st Floor Higher Openshaw Primary Care Centre Ashton Old Road Openshaw Manchester M11 1JG Medway PCT NO – I rang Bobbie Walkem-Smith – there are no services in Kent or Medway Reference my previous email, I have received a further response from the Medicines Management Team - NHS Kent and Medway, as follows:
"There is no formal service but the staff at KCA will sometimes provide advice and support for these patients if the GP is prepared to provide the prescribing support. I suggest that the person talks to their GP and KCA about this." I hope this information is helpful. Kind regards Bobbie Walkem-Smith PALS Officer NHS Kent and Medway Middlesbrough PCT see Stockton-on Tees NO Milton Keynes PCT same as Buckinghamshire NO – Substance misuse only and harm minimisation Newcastle PCT NO Within Newcastle there is Bridge View Drug Treatment Service – this service does not provide services to patients who do not misuse prescribed only medication. The service is only available to patients that abuse prescribed only medication and other substances. I trust that this answers your request. If you are unhappy with the response you receive to a request for information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you should contact us as soon as possible giving us reasons why you believe we have not satisfied the requirements of the act. The matter will then be considered by one of our executive directors who will respond in writing. You will receive a letter about the outcome of this review, inviting you to contact the Information Commissioner if you remain dissatisfied with our response. Yours sincerely Nicola Gannon Information Access/HQ Manager Norfolk PCT Yes – I had a long discussion with Denise Grimes Service Manager at TADS who demonstrated a good understanding of the needs of ITA sufferers and commitment to this cohort. TADS work closely with GPs, are aware that those with ITA may not wish to attend groups along with illicit users and do clinics at GPs surgeries; they ran a benzo reduction group in Gt Yarmouth and intend to repeat this in another area. Denise sounded very committed. I have now had a response from a colleague who has given this response:- ‘the TADS service in Norfolk do work with people with prescribed addictions. This is usually via a shared arrangements with GP’s to provide specialist oversight of a reduction regime. The service would also offer counselling for anxiety/ underlying mental health issues that may accompany the medication reduction’. I hope this is helps to answer the questions you have raised – I have attached a link to the TADS service for your information, if I can be of any further assistance in this or any other matter then please do let me know. Kind regards Susan Rixham PALS – NHS Norfolk and Waveney North East Essex NO In response, I am able to provide you with the following answers to your questions.