Contract to care for those held in police custody suites

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A multi-million pound contract to provide health services to people in police custody has been given to a Leeds organisation.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust will provide care to people in police custody suites across West Yorkshire for an initial three-year period.

It will cover custody suites in Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Halifax and Bradford.

Working with mental health charity Community links, health professionals will provide immediate physical and mental health services as well as support for drug users.

Jon Woolmore, chief executive of Community Links, said: “The need for our community team in custody suites is clear, with over 90% of prisoners being diagnosed with more than one disorder linked to mental health or substance misuse.

“Our aim is to stop the ‘revolving door’ of re-arrest for people with these issues by ensuring they are getting the right help.”

The contract takes effect from April 1.

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