Claire Haque, the Specialist Alcohol Team Manager at Inclusion Recovery Hampshire, was invited to present at Frimley Park Hospital’s Hepatology Study Day alongside the Alcohol Specialist Nurses.
The presentation focused on the work carried out by the Hospital Engagement team. Emma, who was referred to Inclusion Recovery Hampshire from Frimley Hospital last October due to her alcohol dependency and serious liver disease, was also present. Caroline, Emma’s worker, visited her at the hospital, and Emma later joined the Woman’s ACT group from her hospital bed. Emma has been doing well since receiving a liver transplant in July. Now recovered, Emma remains in the virtual group chats for peer support.
Emma attended the event at Frimley, traveling from Wales, and spoke about her experience. Her story was personal and moving, and she expressed her gratitude towards Inclusion Recovery Hampshire, the medical staff, and the donor family of the liver she received. She referred to the day of her referral to Inclusion Recovery Hampshire as the beginning of a new life.
Emma is now a passionate advocate for Inclusion and the support provided in the hospital setting. For more details on Emma’s story, refer to the case study by the British Liver Trust: https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/information-and-support/support-for-you/your-stories/59438/.
The Senior Hepatology Sister at Frimley expressed her gratitude for the visit saying “Thank you again for your time today! Really helpful for the team to understand your service better and having Emma talk to the team was hugely beneficial. We don’t often get to hear the good news stories, so this was great for the team to understand that the amazing work they do really does make a difference.”