The Government advice about managing the spread of Coronavirus changed last night and therefore we wanted to update everyone on the changes to our service.

It has been agreed that our primary focus should be on continuing to provide vital service to our Service Users. For all those people who currently have prescribing places with GDAS this will continue and our clinical team will work with Service Users to manage this as best as possible.

Powells Place as our prescribing base will remain open, with a team onsite. We are reviewing collection dates and methods for social distancing so please await information about this from our clinical team or from keyworkers. We will continue to managing prescriptions working with our colleagues in Pharmacies around Gwent.

The following bases are closed from tomorrow 18/03/2020:

  • The Hub (Newport)
  • Godfrey Road (Newport)
  • The Junction (Monmouthshire)
  • Penmaen House (Caerphilly)

 

Our needle exchanges will be open in the following bases. We will do our best to ensure that any needle exchanges abide by the recommended social distancing mechanisms so please bear with us if this interrupts the normal methods of exchanges.

  • St. Fagan’s House (Caerphilly)
  • The Lighthouse (Torfaen)
  • Cru Glas (Blaenau Gwent)
  • The Citadel (Blaenau Gwent)

 

Keyworkers and admin staff will be working from home as from 18/03/20 and will be providing support to Service Users virtually such as over the phone or via computer. All assessment appointments for new referrals will take place over the phone or on computer. There will be no outreach appointments for the foreseeable future apart from virtually.  All Service User groups, holistic therapies, acupuncture and drop in sessions have also been suspended.

Please keep an eye on this website and on the GDAS social media pages for up to date information. If you are unsure and wish to speak to someone our SPOC is 0333 9993577 for advice and guidance.