More than ever before, people who find themselves in the grip of addiction are struggling to access the treatment and support they need. Their addiction is life-stopping – feeding as it does on isolation – eating away at the lives of individuals and families. We continue to offer the same high standard of treatment during the Coronavirus pandemic that we have been offering our clients for almost 40 years.
OUR CORONAVIRUS MEASURES
Under the careful stewardship of Dr Simone Yule, our clinical lead at Clouds House, we continue to implement extensive infection control measures in line with the most up to date clinical advice. These measures are continually assessed by the clinical team in order to reduce the risk of infection on staff and patients. We have introduced extensive testing policy during admissions to the house community. This involves the following steps:
All clients are screened pre-admission to identify risks for Covid-19.
Any client identified with a potential infection risk requires a negative test before admission.
All new admissions receive a rapid response Covid-19 test on arrival.
New clients will remain in a single occupancy room and are not permitted to engage in the full treatment programme until a negative test result is returned, usually within 48 hours.
A Covid-19 test is repeated on Day 5, Day 9, and Day 15 of admission.
After a second test negative test, ongoing monitoring of clients is continued.
POST ADMISSION INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES
We have adapted our treatment programme to prevent the spread of the virus to safeguard the health and well-being of all our clients, staff and visitors.
All staff wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and a strict hygiene policy is followed by staff and clients. All staff and clients are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines wherever possible and masks are provided by the medical centre for times where social distancing is not possible. There is access to regular hand-washing, and sanitisers are readily available in various locations throughout the building.
All clients are continually and carefully monitored by the clinical team including temperature and oxygen saturation twice daily for the duration of their admission. Any symptomatic clients will be immediately tested and isolated.
In the event of a positive test after screening, the whole house will be tested.
During this period all non-essential visits have been paused - including for family. All essential visitors are pre-screened.
Our commitment to working with families, which has always been a vital part of our treatment programme at Clouds House, is as strong as ever – despite the coronavirus pandemic. Our admissions team will discuss all aspects of our family work as part of the assessment process. Whilst family members will no longer be allowed on-site, other than in exceptional circumstances authorised by a member of staff and subject to rigorous testing, we are putting measures in place to ensure that all our clients are able to stay in touch with their loved ones throughout their stay in treatment.
SHARP (Self Help Addiction Recovery Programme)
The teams at SHARP in Liverpool and Essex continue to respond to enquiries.