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Alcohol care and treatment service (ACTS)

Who are we?

The Alcohol Care and Treatment Services (ACTS) is a hospital led multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team based on Medical Investigation Unit with a Trust wide role. The team establishment includes a Consultant Gastroenterologist, 4 Specialist Addiction Nurses (both general & mental health), Senior Support Worker/Alcohol Care Coordinator, 4 Assertive Outreach Alcohol  Workers and a  Admin Performance Manager and Administrator.

What we do:

Inpatient Alcohol Detoxification

Carry out specialist alcohol assessments on any patients over 18 years old where alcohol has contributed to their admission to hospital and lead or advise on packages of care, including alcohol detoxification. Click here to view our brochure.

Outpatient Alcohol Detoxification

If appropriate, continue treatment as an outpatient, including outpatient detoxification and/or support sessions

Elective Alcohol Detoxification

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is now an approved provider with Public Health Dorset to provide elective alcohol inpatient detoxification (4 ring fenced beds – A5)

Outpatient Alcohol Assessment Clinic

Dedicated outpatient assessment and follow-up clinic available for inter-professional referrals

Ongoing Aftercare & Support

Linking and facilitating referrals for patients into the appropriate local community based alcohol services and delivering Brief Interventions with patients on the wards

Assertive Outreach Alcohol Service

Providing intensive community-based support for primarily frequent attenders to hospital where alcohol is a contributing factor

Useful information 

Generic AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) form

SADQ (Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire)

Structured brief advice tool

Useful links

NHS Change 4 Life advice and information

Drinkaware alcohol information and advice

Drinkaware unit calculator

Alcoholics Anonymous


Contact details

Telephone - 01202 44(2871)

Bleep - 0561

Email -

Operating hours

Monday - Sunday (7days)

08:00 - 16:00

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Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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