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Dame Carol Detoxification Service

We are really proud to have mobilised a brand new residential detox unit in Fareham, Hampshire within 5 months. This has been made possible by the strong partnership working between Inclusion, Two Saints and Hampshire County Council Public Health Team who have led the consortium of 20 Local Authorities.

The unit serves over 20 Local Authorities across the South and South East of England and is managed by Inclusion working with Two Saints – a strong local provider – who offer housing and support to people who are homeless, vulnerable or at risk of becoming homeless and need support to get back on their feet.

More about Dame Carol Detoxification Service

  • It has nine beds (1 with disabled access)
  • It is located in Fareham, Hampshire
  • It is a 24 hour medically managed unit
  • We will continue to work with commissioners and key stakeholders to establish and strengthen pathways
  • The unit will help to meet the demand across the area, but acknowledge that demand may still exceed supply


Specific Questions and Answers

Q – Bridge House has provided us an excellent service. How will the new unit compare in terms of the model with Bridge House?

A – The new unit aims to build towards a similar offer to that of Bridge House and Acer unit

Q – What will be the local NHS backup for acute and/or psychiatric problems?

A – We are developing links with local services as part of our set up.

Q – What about spice, GBL etc. Will detox be offered for these?

A – We intend to offer detoxification for a full range of substances. This will be built up gradually as the unit becomes established.

Q – People often like open space and exercise facilities during later detoxification. Is there space for these activities?

A – There is an outdoor garden and yard and we aim to ensure that there are opportunities for exercise and diversional activities as part of the programme.

Q – Out of interest, who is the consultant? Perhaps not yet identified

A – We are looking to appoint a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist and will share this information when we have done so. Dr Georges Petitjean is the Medical Lead for Inclusion and he will be involved in supporting this role.

Q – Assessment of alcoholic brain damage post detoxification very helpful – will you have access to a neuropsychiatrist and/or neuropsychologist?

A – We are keen to develop pathways to support this.

Q – CQC registration?

A – The unit will be CQC registered.

Q – How will people travel to the unit? Some places have an escorted travel facility which is very helpful in certain cases.

A – It will be the responsibility of the referring agency to facilitate transport to the unit. We will be happy to offer advice in regard to options.

Q – Alcohol detoxification – symptom triggered or fixed regimen?

A – The unit will have a balance of standard regimen supported by a symptom triggered review process.

Q – What are the bed allocations?

A – This will be shared by local commissioners.

Q – Will flexibility be offered in terms of length of stay? E.g. admission for OST dose stabilisation over ~ 3 days, rather than taking a fixed number of days.

A -Length of admission will be based on service user need.

Q – What’s costs per day?

A – The cost per day is similar to equivalent services, however we can only accept referrals from the local authority areas that are signed up to the block funding agreement. These referrers don’t need to be concerned regarding cost as this has been covered by the local authority funders.

Q – Can a region block purchase bed spaces?

A – Yes that is currently in place for the initial period of the service. Each local authority will be allocated bed spaces proportionate to their level of investment.

Q – How do I refer?

A – Referral, admission and discharge will be a cooperative processes with funders and service users. We are currently developing our referral paperwork and a written process. We would expect to have good communication with the referrer and service users in the run up to a planned admission. To make a referral, please visit the referrals page.

Q – Can I clarify that there’s no cost for referrals until end of year 2?

A – We are aiming for this and currently working to attempt to achieve it. Some of this depends on the results of the government’s commitment to ongoing funding through the Comprehensive Spending Review which is expected later this year.