Poole addictions community team

Poole Addictions Community Team (PACT) treats adults who are dependent upon alcohol or drugs. We provide a specialist substitute prescribing service for heroin addiction, support and advice for stimulants and legal highs.

We can help if you use over the counter medication or are concerned about the medication your GP may be prescribing. We have a specialist alcohol team who liaise with your GP and local hospitals and can offer community alcohol detoxes, if it is felt appropriate to do so. We also provide a confidential needle exchange, advice and support to opiate and steroid users and vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B.

We work closely with other local service providers of community and residential services for example SMART, essential drugs and alcohol services (EDAS) and counselling services. Our joint-working with the health, social services, criminal justice and mental health services, makes your journey through treatment as uncomplicated as possible.

The services we provide are:

  • substitute prescribing for opiates, such as Methadone
  • 1:1 key work with a either a social worker or nurse, psychosocial intervention such as relapse prevention and motivational interviewing
  • interventions to help improve your motivation to change and build your strengths to achieve your goals
  • referral to psychology or counselling
  • group work
  • drug and alcohol testing
  • access to inpatient detoxification for drugs and alcohol
  • community alcohol detoxification in conjunction with GP’s, whilst staying at home or reduction to safer drinking levels. After alcohol detox prescribing, such as Acamprosate and Disulfiram
  • assessment and referral for residential rehabilitation
  • carers support, access to carers assessment and information
  • prison discharge and criminal justice liaison including probation
  • information, advice and support in accessing other groups and organisations aftercare and housing and liaison with other professionals and agencies such as housing, mental health and children services
  • adult and child safeguarding
  • harm minimisation/health clinic

The opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8.40am to 5pm and Fridays 8.40am to 4.30pm and operates as drop in service.

Outside of these hours please contact your local pharmacy.

The harm minimisation service provides injecting equipment and injecting advice to intravenous (IV) opiate and steroid users. The service also provides a safe place for people to ask questions about their drug using behaviours. Advice can be given in regards to the treatment options in Poole. The service is confidential and provides a 1:1 support from the harm minimisation coordinator.

The services we provide are:

  • specialist injecting equipment, support and advice to all IV drug users
  • specialist advice and injecting equipment for steroid users
  • full specialist needle exchange service
  • overdose awareness advice
  • safer injecting advice
  • sexual health advice
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccinations for service users and professionals
  • pregnancy testing
  • dry blood spot testing
  • safe disposal of used injecting equipment

Duty of candour

Adult Social Care, Registered Services are required to follow Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 20, Duty of Candour. For more information see Duty of Candour on the CQC website.

Page last updated: 15 January 2019
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