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Community Addiction Unit (C.A.U.) (Clinical Director Addictions, Dr. Richard Pates)

The Community Addiction Unit provides the following services to Cardiff and the Eastern Vale of Glamorgan:

  • Maintenance prescribing programmes
  • Community alcohol/drug Detoxifications
  • In-patient drug/alcohol Detoxifications
  • Therapeutic Day Programme
  • Psychiatric Assessment
  • Psychological Treatments for Alcohol Clients
  • Health Screens Hepatitis B, C, HIV
  • Urine Screening
  • Blood Investigations
  • Harm Reduction Service
  • Needle Exchange
  • Sexual Health Advice and Support
  • Individual / Family counselling
  • Supportive Counselling
  • Psychological treatments
  • Counselling for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse          
  • Needle fixation
  • Antabuse and Campral Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dietary Advice
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Preparation, detoxification and rehabilitation for those residing at the Salvation Army hostel
  • Rapid access prescribing service for those currently in criminal justice systems

Referrals The service is fully multi-disciplinary. Clients may self refer or be referred by their GP., or may be referred by other types of health care, such as General Hospitals, or Mental Health Services, criminal justice referrals and homeless hostels.

Inpatient Services

Inpatient Services are situated on the Adfer Ward, Whitchurch Hospital.  



House 56, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0SZ

Tel: 029 2046 1742   Fax 029 2046 1768

[Please see also services of the City & County of Cardiff Community Alcohol and Drug Team]

Vale of Glamorgan:

Newlands, 26, Newland Street, Barry CF62 8EA

Tel: 01446 700943   Fax: 01446 721896

[This service operates in a shared base accommodating NHS and Local Authority drug and alcohol services, the latter being the Vale Drug and Alcohol Team. This service offers counselling, social work and group work services]



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