Alcohol dependency can happen to anyone. But change is possible. The Alcohol Care Team are here to help people to make that change.

The Alcohol Care Team helps patients who have been impacted by alcohol to navigate our local system and get the support they need to live better, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

The Team provides support to:

  • Inpatients at ELHT admitted due to alcohol-related issues or harm
  • Inpatients at ELHT that, through screening in hospital, have been identified as someone that would benefit from support from the Team

The Alcohol Care Team help and support people impacted by alcohol use within the hospital setting and when they return home within their local community.

The team works with patients that are receiving care at ELHT, either on a ward or in our Emergency Department.

Contact us

The Alcohol Care Team’s aim is to benefit the whole community by supporting those people most in need in the hospital setting. For more information about the Alcohol Care Team, please contact Laura Walker via

The Alcohol Care Team is led by Lead Nurse, Laura Walker, and Clinical Lead Hepatologist, Dr Gkikas.

The team also consists of:

  • A senior nurse specialist
  • Three alcohol nurse specialists
  • An alcohol support worker
  • A team administrator

Patients can be referred by Trust staff from any service within ELHT.

Referrals can be made via the ICE system, but the team are always happy to answer enquiries by telephone (ext. 85062), from Monday to Friday (8am - 8pm), Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays (8am - 4pm.

As the team are hospital-based, primary care providers, individuals or any services outside of the hospital environment cannot refer in to the Alcohol Care Team.

Colleagues in Primary Care will continue to refer to community support as usual:

To refer to community support in Blackburn with Darwen:

To refer to community support in East Lancashire:

  • Inspire/CGL for East Lancashire
    By telephone -01254 495382
    Online referral

The following services are also available across Pennine Lancashire:

  • Redrose Recovery
    Tel: 01772821440
  • Alcoholics Anonymous

Our Alcohol Care Team has highlighted the positive work they do in a podcast for Blackburn with Darwen Council's Changing Futures programme.


Please find the link below:


The Changing Futures programme is a joint initiative funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and The National Lottery Community Fund to help local organisations work together to better support those who experience multiple disadvantages.