Bosence News


Postponement of Bosence Young Persons re-opening

07 April 2020

As you may already be aware, we made the decision to temporarily close our Young Person’s Treatment Facility in March. This decision was made to allow us to use the premises to provide quarantine for new admissions to our adult detox and rehab services. We had planned to re-open in a different location on our site in September.

Unfortunately, we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone the re-opening of our Young Person’s Service until at least the start of the new year.

The restrictions and many different challenges caused by the pandemic have created some insurmountable logistical issues for us to re-open this particular service right now – as with most organisations we are having to simplify and have concentrated on delivering our long-standing services safely and very effectively (residential adult detoxification and stabilisation with 24/7 nursing, and our 12 step rehab service)

We are still very committed to the value and worth of the young person’s service and will take the intervening time to review it and rebuild the team, with a decision about reopening to be made early in the new year

In the meantime, we will use the additional beds created by this decision in our adult detoxification and stabilisation service, to help with the national backlog created by the Covid-19 pandemic

I am very sorry if that means that we cannot work with any existing referrals you have made to the Young Person’s service in the short term but will keep you advised of our progress and look forward to working with you in the future

Covid 19 (Corona Virus) Update

Protecting your Well-Being

We are continuing to monitor the situation around Corona virus.  We have taken additional measures to protect the wellbeing of our service users, their loved ones, our staff and the general public.

We are following the latest advice and guidelines which you can find from Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.

Corona Virus Screening Tool

We have developed a ‘Corona Virus Screening Tool’ to assist with admissions to both Bosence Detoxification & Stabilisation and Bosence Rehabilitation. The tool has been specifically designed to determine whether a client should be investigated for Covid-19, including a comprehensive risk assessment and specific advice to be provided to the service user. We require a completed copy of the tool to be sent with each client application. A copy of the form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

‘Corona Virus Screening Tool’

Referrals & Admissions (important information)

After the temporary closure of our facilities to out of county admissions in response to the Corona virus pandemic, I am pleased to inform you that we are currently in the process of planning for the full re-opening of our treatment services.

We are taking a phased approach to re-opening, to ensure the safety of both staff and clients is prioritised. We are currently accepting applications and will be admitting clients referred nationally from the following dates:

  • Rehabilitation only clients – From Monday the 13th of July.
  • Detoxification/Stabilisation only clients and Detoxification/Stabilisation + Rehabilitation – From Monday the 3rd of August.
  • Young Persons – From Tuesday the 1st of September. 

We have made provision to enable clients commencing a programme of treatment at either Bosence Detoxification & Stabilisation, to remain in quarantine for the first 7 days of their treatment, where they will be monitored for symptoms of Covid-19. During this time we will be running parallel treatment programmes with the same level of support and care. In addition we have employed additional medical staff so those undergoing detox will have access to a nurse 24/7 for the first 7 days of quarantine. We also have provision in place for our residential rehabilitation only clients, who will begin treatment in a 5 bedded quarantine facility offering a duplicate programme for the first 7 days of their treatment.

In response to the current situation, we have slightly reduced our number of detoxification beds, to enable us to provide isolation facilities, in the event that any service user becomes symptomatic. As a temporary measure, we have also re-purposed our Young Persons service, so that all clients beginning a programme of detoxification or stabilisation will reside at the premises for the first 7 days of their treatment. The facility is separate from our main detoxification service, enabling our treatment team to monitor clients during the early part of their treatment for any potential symptoms of Covid-19.

Admission into Treatment

If you are a client and have been given a date for admission and have subsequently developed flu like symptoms, a cough, fever and/or shortness of breath or have been in contact with someone with coronavirus. Please do not come to our services.

Instead, call 111 or use the 111 Online Coronavirus Pathway for free advice and treatment.

Please do call our services and our staff will work with you to ensure we can offer you alternative support for when you cannot come into the service. This might include telephone support.

If you have any questions relating to the virus and how it will impact access to and life in our services, our admissions team can be contacted by phone on (01736) 850006 or alternately via email: 

Prior to appointments, assessments or on entry to the service you may be asked some questions about your health and travel. Our staff will advise you whether it is safe for you to attend the service and if not will support you to get advice as well as look at how they can support your recovery if you can’t attend the service.

Visiting Loved Ones in our Residential Rehabs and Housing Services

We are currently not accepting any family visits at our residential services. We are making alternative arrangement for family contacts to be made remotely, through the use of SKYPE and Zoom software. Our admissions team can be contacted between the hours of 9am and 5pm

Business Continuity & Corona Virus Guidance

We have reviewed our business continuity plans and have contingency plans in place for each of our services to ensure we can continue to provide support. We have also produced a policy on dealing with Corona Virus in the workplace which all staff have been asked to read and familiarise themselves with.

If you are a commissioner or a funder of our services and want to find out more on our contingency planning please contact Tom Packer on 07798657344.


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