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Coronavirus: Wash hands, cover face, make space…. Find our Covid-19 information and updates here.

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for patients and visitors

    You can find up to date information on Trust services as well as NHS advice and guidance and links to other national and local support resources. 

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    Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

    As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

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    Major listening campaign to support people’s mental health launches

    The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, together with our partners including local authorities and community organisations, have launched a major listening campaign to support and protect people's mental health following Covid-19.

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    NHS is still here for you 

    We continue to see patients at all our sites, as well as in their homes, and have a number of measures in place to ensure our sites are Covid secure, including the wearing of face masks and coverings, deep cleaning, one-way signage and cleaning stations.

What you need to know for your appointment

What you need to know for your appointment

We want to help people experiencing a mental health problem get the treatment and support they need as quickly and as effectively as possible.

Whether you make an appointment with your primary care provider to talk about mental health concerns or you're referred to a mental health provider, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, it makes sense to prepare for your appointment.

We are taking great precautions and changing ways of working across our services during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of all our staff and patients.

We are offering more virtual (online or telephone) appointments, to ensure that patients are only brought on-site where necessary, helping us to adhere to social distancing. Please refer to the information in your appointment letter to confirm how your appointment will take place. If you need any support using digital methods to access a virtual appointment, please call the number on your letter and we will help you get this.

If you wish to request a face-to-face appointment, please call us and we will try to accommodate this.

Face-to-face appointments: Please do not attend your appointment if you have COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of sense of taste / smell) or if you or your family are self-isolating.

When you visit our sites:

  • Wear a face covering. We will provide you with one if needed. Children under 12, and anyone with an exemption, will not need to wear a mask, in line with government guidelines.
  • To minimise the risk of infection, and to support social distancing, we need to limit the number of people on-site. So we ask you to attend your appointment alone, unless you have assistance or communication needs.
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes early for your appointment, ensure you sanitise your hands upon arrival and respect social distancing guidance during your visit, including while with your clinician

Have a video appointment with the hospital? Find out how easy Attend Anywhere is to use with the step by step video.

Before your appointment

Make a list of key information which you might be asked about. For example:

  • Any symptoms you or people close to you have noticed, and for how long
  • Key personal information, including traumatic events in your past and any current, major stressors
  • Your medical information, including other physical or mental health conditions
  • Any medications, vitamins, herbal products or other supplements you take, and their doses

Questions to ask

  • What type of mental illness might I have?
  • Why can't I get over mental illness on my own?
  • How do you treat my type of mental illness?
  • Will talk therapy help?
  • Are there medications that might help?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • What can I do to help myself?
  • Do you have any leaflets or other printed material that I can have?
  • What websites do you recommend?

You may have many other questions - it helps to write them down.

Skype

Skype is available to patients as an alternative to face-to-face or telephone contact, not as a replacement.

If you are interested in Skype as an alternative for your appointments please let your care co-ordinator or support worker know and they will go through the process with you.

 

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