Glasgow MSP visits Penumbra Milestone

Milestone Service Manager Lesley Forbes (L), with Annie Wells MSP

Today (24 October 2017) Glasgow MSP Annie Wells visited Penumbra Milestone, a service which provides support to people with a diagnosis of Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD).

ARBD (Alcohol Related Brain Damage) is the term that is used to describe a range of symptoms which occur following a prolonged period of heavy drinking, such as: difficulty remembering, difficulty concentrating, feeling confused, irritated, or having difficulty making choices and decisions. With the right care, support and treatment people with ARBD can make a significant recovery.

Penumbra Milestone is an alcohol-free 10-bed step-down unit which provides short-term care for people with ARBD who no longer require medical intervention, but who are not ready to go directly home. The service is a partnership between Penumbra, NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council and Waverley Care.

Through the provision of intensive, multidisciplinary support Penumbra Milestone improves outcomes for people with ARBD and reduces the number of days they spend in an acute hospital settings despite no longer requiring acute medical care.

Annie Wells visited the service in her capacity as Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Mental Health, Public Health and Equalities.

More information

For more information contact Robin Murphy on 0131 475 2569 or email

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