BAILLIE’S CONCERN AT LOCAL ALCOHOL-RELATED HOSPITALISATIONS

 

VALE OF LEVEN HOSPITAL
VALE OF LEVEN HOSPITAL

Jackie Baillie has told of her concern after it was revealed West Dunbartonshire is the second worst area affected by alcohol-related hospitalisations in Scotland.

Figures released by Public Health Scotland on Tuesday show that, per 100,000 people, the region is second only to Glasgow for the proportion of patients admitted to hospital for all alcohol-related reasons, including mental and behavioural disorders, in the last year.

During the period 2020/21, some 900 hospital stays for 537 patients were recorded for those resident in West Dunbartonshire, averaging 1.7 stays per patient. There were 291 new patients, categorised as those who have not presented at hospital for alcohol-related reasons within the last 10 years.

The Scottish average is 653 stays, and 419.9 patients per 100,000. Glasgow was the only region to record worse average figures than West Dunbartonshire.

Analysis of the statistics has found that the people in the most deprived areas of Scotland were seven times more likely to be admitted to general acute hospitals for an alcohol-related condition than those in the least deprived areas.

Jackie Baillie, right, Dumbarton constituency MSP, said: “These figures are really worrying for people in West Dunbartonshire and shine a horrible light on the impact of alcohol-related illness linked with poverty.

“The situation is desperate in West Dunbartonshire and alcohol-related illness is a preventable condition. We have lifeline charities, like DACA, that help those affected but there needs to be more investment to assist people in need and to stop them becoming gravely ill from alcohol abuse.”

 

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