THE alcohol liaison service for Chorley and South Ribble Hospital has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Nursing Standard Nurse Awards recognise those who can show their initiatives have had a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

The team was created in April 2013 in a bid to tackle the increase in patients being admitted to hospital with alcohol-related issues.

The team comprises Emma Dermody, Kerry Anderson, Keighley Allan, and Angela Platt, who work across the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals.

Since April, a total of 1,061 referrals have been made to the service.

Emma, a clinical lead nurse specialist, said: “We are so pleased to be shortlisted. We set up the service when it was identified that reducing alcohol-related hospital admissions is not only a priority nationally, but locally too. We work with patients to assess and help with their physical, psychological and social needs, so it’s great that all of the team’s hard work has been recognised.”