The National Health Service (NHS) England has announced the opening of a new gambling clinic in Sheffield, marking a key milestone in its Long Term Plan target.  

The new clinic now brings the total number of such services in the country to 15. It has been opened as part of a concerted effort to address the rising demand for gambling addiction treatment. 

Sheffield clinic is the latest in a series of openings that have nearly doubled the NHS’ specialist gambling services in England within a year.  

This clinic joins an established network that includes clinics in London, Leeds, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Derby, Liverpool, Newcastle, Thurrock, Blackpool, Preston, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, and Telford, with seven of these having been launched in the past 12 months. 

The NHS clinic, which has been operational since 2008, offers treatment to individuals over the age of 13.  

With the expanded network, up to 3,000 individuals annually are expected to receive care across the 15 clinics. Patients have the option to self-refer or be recommended by their general practitioners (GP) for treatment. 

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The clinics feature specialist teams, comprising clinical psychologists, mental health practitioners, therapists, psychiatrists, and peer support workers.  

This development is part of a historic £2.3bn ($2.9bn) investment in national mental health services.  

According to the Gambling Commission, approximately 138,000 individuals may be struggling with gambling problems, with an additional 1.3 million people partaking in moderate or low-risk gambling. Despite this, other studies suggest these figures could be significantly higher. 

A concerning report also indicated that 55,000 children aged between 11 and 16 have gambling problems, with another 99,000 ‘at risk’ of developing such issues. 

NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said: “The opening of the new NHS gambling clinic is a significant milestone and amid record demand for help; it is timely for patients who desperately need this vital treatment. 

“The £1bn gambling industry, which operates 24/7, is becoming more addictive and, with mainstream sporting events driving increasing numbers to problem gambling, it’s now more important than ever that people have access to treatment that adapts to their healthcare needs.”