Harvey House to reopen

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A former drug and alcohol rehab centre is to reopen in Lancaster.

A social enterprise formed by clinicians, with support from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, has been set up to reopen Harvey House, which was closed last year.

The development is a much needed service for people in Lancashire and surrounding areas who experience drug and alcohol problems.

Harvey House Social Enterprise (HHSE) has been set up to provide a 24-hour inpatient service medically managed and staffed by professionals.

The trust has agreed to support the Social Enterprise by leasing the building and in the short term providing a number of services including information management and technology support, medicines management and clinical governance.

HHSE will continue to provide detoxification and respite from stimulant abuse. The 24 hour consultant led service supported by specialist doctors, GPs, nurses and pharmacists will manage the withdrawal phase and stimulant respite. Balanced nutrition and psycho-educational interventions will complement progress to aftercare with a person-centred care-plan.

The Lead Addiction Consultant for HHSE said: “We are deeply committed to the continuation of this much needed service. The team at Harvey House will be able to make a full assessment of each client, including physical and mental health needs on admission.

“We will be working with a holistic approach to recovery, encompassing motivational techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), relapse prevention and increased self-awareness skills, with care plans tailored to individual needs.”

Harvey House is set in the heart of the beautiful Lancashire countryside and will continue to provide a quiet and peaceful location where clients can safely detoxify, gain self-awareness, knowledge and skills to enable more informed decision making about future abstinence.