HC Deb 05 February 1971 vol 810 cc474-6W
Mr. Coleman

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many treatment centres have been set up for persons who have become psychically or physically dependent upon drugs; and where they are located.

Mr. Alison

Twenty-five hospitals hold special clinics for the out-patient treatment of drug dependence. All have access to in-patient facilities. In areas where the demand for treatment does not warrant the setting up of special clinics, it is provided in general psychiatric units. The special clinics are in the following places:


  • Moston Hospital, Chester.


  • Knowle Hospital, Southampton.
  • St. James' Hospital, Portsmouth.


  • Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
  • Welwyn Garden City.


  • Prestwich Hospital, Prestwich.


  • Charing Cross Hospital, W.C.2.
  • Guy's Hospital, S.E.1.
  • Hackney Hospital, E.9.
  • Lambeth Hospital, S.E.11.
  • The Maudsley Hospital, S.E.5.
  • Norwood and District Hospital, S.E.19.
  • Paddington Day Clinic, W.2.
  • Queen Mary's Hospital, S.W.15.
  • St. Clement's Hospital, E.15.
  • St. Giles Hospital, S.E.5.
  • St. George's Hospital, S.W.17.
  • St. Luke's Hospital, N.10.
  • St. Mary's Hospital, W.9.
  • University College Hospital, W.C.1.
  • West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex.
  • Westminster Hospital, S.W.1.


  • Mapperley Hospital, Nottingham.


  • Littlemore Hospital, Oxford.


  • Herbert Hone Clinic, Brighton.


  • All Saints Hospital, Birmingham.

Mr. Coleman

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether consultative centres have been established where persons can seek professional advice and assistance in their efforts to abstain from drug taking; and where they are located.

Mr. Alison

No specialised consultative centres have been established in the community field but local authority social service departments give advice and assistance to anyone with a drug problem, and hospitals which undertake the treatment of drug dependence may also help in this way. An increasing number of local authorities are seconding social workers for special training in the problems of drug abuse. Advice and help is also available under arrangements made by local councils of social service and other agencies and at residential and day centres for drug addicts.