New NHS gambling addiction clinic will treat more people across North West England

The NHS Northern Gambling Service has opened a new clinic in Manchester which will reach out to more of the thousands of people across the north of England suffering with gambling addiction.

Friday, 6th March 2020, 11:45 am
The NHS Northern Gambling Service has opened a new clinic in Manchester which will reach out to more of the thousands of people across the north of England suffering with gambling addiction (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

The service’s new base in Salford Quays will serve the North West of England, northern midlands and North Wales and will be home to a consultant psychologist, consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and senior mental health nurse. They will provide care for those with severe addictions, as well as supporting people with additional and complex mental health conditions, and those who may present with more risk - such as a risk of suicide.

The NHS Northern Gambling Service first opened in September 2019. The new North West England clinic is part of commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan to tackle gambling addiction.

Consultant psychologist Matthew Gaskell, clinical lead for the new NHS Northern Gambling Service, said: “I’m delighted to be opening our new clinic in Manchester. This will help make our service more accessible to people in the North West of England where we know there are thousands who need our support.

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“Gambling addiction is a new public health crisis. It’s causing serious harm to thousands of people across the UK. This includes mental health problems, serious debt, breakdown of relationships, loss of employment, crime, homelessness and, tragically, sometimes suicide.

“The Northern Gambling Service works alongside many other agencies and charities to support people. We also support the family, friends and carers of those who might be affected.”

Contact the NHS Northern Gambling Service on 0300 300 1490, email [email protected] or search NHS Northern Gambling Service online.

For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/gambling-addiction.