Expert help for gambling problems
Sessions are available between 9.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday mornings.
Therapists at the hospital will be treating patients on a one to one basis to enable each person's individual needs to be addressed.
The hour-long sessions will help participants understand gambling and its consequences. The cognitive behavioural therapy sessions are adapted to suit individual needs and goals by challenging unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
The overall aim of the programme is to equip people with the skills and knowledge to overcome and control the impulse to gamble.
Problem gambling is indiscriminate; around 6 in 1000 are affected by problem gambling in the UK. Men and women of all ages and from all walks of life can develop levels of problem gambling that can often result in disastrous consequences.
Joe Ramsey, a therapist at the hospital, who is involved in running the sessions, said: "We are inviting anyone who has been affected by problem gambling to come to the sessions. The programme consists of one to one sessions to give people the best possible help and care."
"We have deliberately scheduled these sessions for Saturday mornings to allow people to attend without it disrupting their working week."
"Whether it starts with the odd 'flutter on the horses' or high stakes betting, chasing the thrill of the win can adversely affect a person's home and work life often leaving them depressed, feeling lonely and sometimes even suicidal."
"There are no set criteria for accessing the programme, admitting there is an issue is the first step to overcoming it."