We provide support for people aged over 17 with mental health needs who access A&E or who are inpatients on other wards within the hospitals.
People aged 17 to 64
We see anyone who has been admitted to or is within A&E from the age of 17 to 64 years old that is in need of mental health support, assessment or treatment.
We see patients for assessment of mood disorders, psychotic illness, cognitive impairment, risk assessment and discharge planning. We are also instrument in organising Mental Health Act assessments and transfer to inpatient psychiatric facilities, if it is deemed necessary.
The service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is led by a consultant liaison psychiatrist or senior registrar on most days of the week, and it is run overnight by senior mental health nurse's.
People aged 65 and over
We see patients aged 65 and over who have been admitted and are presenting with an indication for mental health assessment.
We see patients for assessment of mood disorders, psychotic illness, cognitive impairment, risk assessment and discharge planning.
We work Monday to Saturday 8am – 6pm and are a nurse led team with consultant input for two sessions a week.