New Rapid Access Addiction Management Clinic Opens at local hospital

The Hanover Hospital is located on the west side of Hanover. (Blackburnnews.com stock photo by Brent Tremble)

A brand new New Rapid Access Addiction Management Clinic is now open at Hanover and District Hospital.

The new clinic will support individuals with drug and alcohol addiction issues. The new clinic is located right next to the ER at Hanover and District Hospital, and is staffed by a nurse practitioner and mental health and addictions counsellor. Hanover and District Hospital partnered with Grey-Bruce Health Services to open the clinic. GBHS has been operating a similar clinic in Owen Sound since 2015 and this latest expansion means more residents can gain access to this vital service.

Staff at the Rapid Access Addiction Management Clinic are addiction medicine specialists and will be able to prescribe medication to help patients manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. An addictions counsellor will help patients with understanding and managing their addiction, and refer them to additional community services they may need.

The clinic is open Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Hanover and District Hospital. Patients can be referred by an ER physician or a family doctor. Walk-ins are accepted,
but appointments are recommended.

“This is a much needed service to HDH and our surrounding communities,” says Dana
Howes, President and CEO of HDH. “Over the last five years, we have seen an increase in
patients coming to the ER with opioid overdoses. We know many of these individuals
need additional support after discharge from the ER, and now we can encourage them
to go to the RAAM clinic for specialized care in a supportive environment.”

For information about the new clinic, please call 519-364-2340 ext. 260.