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The Referral Process
What must be in place?
Prior to admission 3 key people must be in place and on record with Detox 5.
- Medical / Professional Referral - either from a GP or Community Drug Team professional. We ask for as full a medical history as possible prior to admission, and could require blood tests etc. If the person opts for oral naltrexone, the referring doctor often prescribes this could become the prescriber. Download Referral Form.
- Nominated Supervisor - this is often a parent or partner. This person must be drug-free and prepared to monitor and support the person in their recovery, in addition to supervising the administration of naltrexone and encouraging them to attend appointments, etc.
- Key Supporting Professional - whether a nurse, social worker, drug worker or counsellor, a nominated key person will support the person’s recovery and re-integration, and liaise with Detox 5.
What happens pre-admission?
Nursing staff in the ward take calls, answer initial queries and send out information packs. The medical referral form is received via fax or post and checked; further information is gathered, if necessary, about the individual’s medical and psychiatric history. Supervision arrangements are confirmed and aftercare identified. It is expected that all people who are offered an assessment appointment have everything in place to enable them to stay.
Nursing staff from the Detox 5 unit are available to speak with prospective clients and their worker/ carers etc, to answer any queries or to discuss the process of care. On Wednesday or Thursday of each week, a qualified nurse will check the notes for all of the people due to be admitted for the following week. Any remaining concerns/ actions required will be followed-up prior to admission.
Without the help of the nurses and doctors at Detox 5 I wouldn't have my life back on track, thanks to them my life is fantastic and I've never been happier.