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Health & Social care - Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Update, 24 March

Trindlemoss closed

In response to the current challenges with the Covid 19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to close the Trindlemoss Day Service from Monday 23 March until further notice.

The Community Learning Disabilities team are currently looking for alternative supports for the most vulnerable service users. Staff are in the process of contacting those affected by the closure, and we would like to apologise to anyone who we were unable to contact yesterday. We will be in touch as soon as possible.

Treatment of patients prescribed treatment for substance dependence

Treatment for substance dependence and addiction helps people through medication, mental health support and social support. All three elements are needed to help people manage and aid recovery.

The COVID-19 situation is placing a lot of pressure on the health services and GP surgeries and community pharmacies particularly are struggling to operate under the burden. This has led to problems in caring for patients who normally attend pharmacies regularly.

To try and allow for some measure of care for the most at risk and the most vulnerable the Specialist Addiction Services have worked with the pharmacies to continue to provide a minimum pharmacy service.

  • The highest risk patients will continue to be prescribed daily and be supervised and will attend and collect medication daily as long as the pharmacy is open.
  • Other patients will receive their medication either twice a weekly or a week at a time. No supervision will be provided.

Addiction Services will work with people to help support their physical and mental health and to help with access to medication and care as possible.

Naloxone will be provided as much as possible and ways of getting kits to more people are being explored.

Injecting Equipment Provision will continue to be available and is a priority to reduce harm but people are asked to take additional equipment to reduce risks.

It is hoped that these emergency measures will keep as many people and families safe as possible and keep supplies of medication available for all patients.

If you need to contact the specialist Addiction service the details are below:

North Ayrshire Service: 01294 476000                 

The situation is rapidly changing and updates will be provided whenever possible.

Update, 23 March

Deadline extended for participatory budgeting event

Community groups and organisations thinking about applying for a share of £60k as part of North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership’s participatory budgeting scheme will now have more time to submit their applications.

Projects which could help to aid recovery from substance misuse disorders and prevent drug-related deaths across North Ayrshire are being offered the chance to bid for grants of between £8k and £10k as part of the scheme, with communities having the final say on who will receive the funding.

The application period has now been extended, with submissions being accepted until Sunday 12 April.

Due to the current Coronavirus situation, the decision day event planned for Saturday 18 April has been cancelled. Details of online voting will be announced in due course.

The event was announced at the North Ayrshire Summit on Drugs Related Deaths at Saltcoats Town Hall earlier this year, which was organised after a motion by Councillor Louise McPhater to declare a drugs death emergency was passed by North Ayrshire Council in September 2019.

North Ayrshire has experienced an unprecedented rise in drugs deaths, in line with the trend across Scotland, with 38 confirmed drug related deaths recorded in 2018. The number of deaths is expected to be higher still for 2019.

‘The Substance of Our Communities’ is the latest in a series of participatory budgeting events, allowing members of the public to decide which of the bids they think most deserve the funding.

You can apply online now.