Peer support at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital

Published: 11-09-2017
Peer support at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital

Foundations peer mentors are attending Diana Princess of Wales hospital each week visiting patients on the ward to offer support and links with the Foundations drug and alcohol service.

Their role is to make vital links between hospital and community and support patients to access ongoing support in the community.

Foundations drug and alcohol service is informed by Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby which patients may have an issue with a drug or alcohol problem and may benefit from talking to someone from Foundations.

Foundations staff attend various wards with peer mentors for support and advice. Sometimes patients can feel anxious about entering into alcohol or drug treatment services so this is where the peer mentors make the vital link between hospital and community.

Dave, Peer Mentor from Foundations said: “I collapsed one day from not having any alcohol. I was found unconscious by my sister and rushed to hospital. I spent ten days in hospital which I can barely remember. Coming to the hospital and speaking to patients is great to share my experiences and can support patents to talk more openly.”

Chris, another peer mentor who also supports the hospital liaison work, thoroughly enjoys sharing his experiences at the hospital. He promotes the allotment project that he runs and encourages patients to get involved when they are discharged from hospital. Chris and Dave offer one to one support through Foundations as they know from past issues with drug or alcohol is a struggle on your own.

The staff at Grimsby hospital have supported and found the service invaluable and have witnessed the benefits from having this vital link between hospital and the community. If you would like more information, contact Foundations on 01472 571200. If you are struggling with addiction or know of someone who is, phone the same number or call into our office on Queen Street, Grimsby, DN31 1JA.

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