The HIV Mental Health Service in West Sussex provides a service to adults living in West Sussex who have psychological and psychiatric problems which impact on their ability to cope with the biomedical, social, relational, sexual and psychological challenges of living with HIV.
Who do we see?
We work with people in West Sussex who have:
- Psychiatric conditions requiring assessment and treatment by HIV dedicated psychiatrist and/or HIV dedicated mental health nurse
- Psychological conditions triggered or exacerbated by HIV requiring assessment for psychological interventions by dedicated HIV clinical psychologist
You'll be seen at Arun House in Worthing, Worthing Hospital, Crawley Hospital or in your own home depending on your needs.
What can I expect in my assessment?
After we receive your referral we will send you a letter inviting you to attend for an assessment at one of our clinics. Depending on the nature of the referral you will be invited to meet with the team psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or mental health nurse.
If you are suitable and would like to work with us then we can continue to support and work with you. A care plan will be developed with you, outlining your care and what you can expect while you are under our care. Further appointments will be made and will vary on regularity depending on the nature of the work and support agreed.
If you are in crisis and need to see someone immediately, please contact your GP who will arrange for the local crisis response team to come out to see you, or visit your local A&E department and you will be seen by a psychiatric liaison nurse.
You can also contact the Sussex Mental Healthline on 0300 5000 101.
Where can you find us?
If you need to get in touch with us directly to discuss the appropriateness of a referral or to speak to the team administrator, we are available on Tuesday and Thursday, 8am – 4pm, on the number below. At all other times there is a messaging facility, please leave a message and we will return your call.
HIV Mental Health Service
Clinical Health Psychology
1st Floor, Millview Hospital
Tel: 0300 304 0077
Frequently asked questions
Who will be involved in my care?
Involvement in your care will be dependent on what resources are required and your level of need. The dedicated healthcare professionals who work in the HIV mental health team will work alongside other health professionals such as your consultant in HIV, clinical nurse specialists and your GP and you may be referred to your local assessment and treatment team if your needs require it.
Where will I be seen?
You'll be seen at Arun House in Worthing, Worthing Hospital, Crawley Hospital or in your own home depending on your needs and which member of the team will be seeing you.
Can I bring a friend or family member along my assessment?
Yes, you may bring along a family member, partner, carer or friend to your appointment to provide support. There may be some issues that you do not wish to share with friends and carers and we will support your request for confidentiality. You can attend your appointment on your own if you would prefer.
What will happen if I disagree with the outcomes or I am unhappy with the care I receive?
You can discuss any issues which concern you with members of the team or the team leader. Our aim is to provide a service that supports you and puts your needs first and we will listen to any issues or concerns you have to improve our service and quality of care provided.
If you wish to make a complaint or discuss your concerns outside of the service you can contact:
Patient Advisory Liaison Service (PALS)
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Telephone: 01903 843022
You can also contact PALS on the number above if you require advocacy services.