Liaison Psychiatry Service

Liaison Psychiatry Service

This service is provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation NHS Trust. The Liaison Psychiatry aims at providing a coherent service and to make Mental Health Care a priority for both Acute and Mental Health Trusts.

It is a Nurse-led service with working hours being weekdays from 9am–5pm.

Liaison Psychiatry provides holistic Psycho-Social Assessment to determine patients’ mental health needs and presenting risk to themselves or others in line with NICE guidelines for self-harm (2004).  Individuals who present to the Emergency Department between 9am and 5pm or those admitted on the wards with other physical health issues, are assessed by a qualified Liaison Psychiatric Nurse and signposted to more appropriate support and Mental Health Services.

The Liaison Psychiatry Service provides a single point of referral i.e. takes referrals from A & E, MAU and wards only. It constitutes one Nurse for Working Age Adults (18-65yrs) and one for Older Adults (over 65yrs), both working under supervision and support of each speciality Consultant Psychiatrist.

Liaison Psychiatry Referral Pathway is introduced within the Emergency Department and Wards.

To find out more about the Liaison Psychiatry Service from the Psychiatry Liaison Nurse Team Lead, Liaison Psychiatry Office,  please contact Tel: 01483 571122 ext 4847.

Support and help at home

If you are at home and have concerns about your mental health, or that of someone close to you, the GP is normally the first point of contact.

You may also get additional support and information from these local services;

Safe Haven: a drop in service in the evenings and at weekends for people who need some emotional support

SABP IAPT: self-referral counselling services available in Surrey

or these national networks;

Samaritans: telephone support for people in distress phone 116 123

MIND: a charity working with people who are experiencing mental health problems telephone number 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

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