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Liaison Psychiatry Service - St George's Hospital

Who we are

Liaison psychiatry is a service for people either admitted to, or being seen as an outpatient at the St George's Hospital site (including the Emergency Department/Urgent Care Centre) who have mental health difficulties, or have presented at the Emergency Department with a mental health crisis and/or deliberate self-harm (DSH).


Where to find us

2nd Floor Grosvenor Wing
St George's Hospital
Blackshaw Road
SW17 0QT

Telephone: 0208 725 3795
Fax: 020 3513 4489

Our opening hours

24 hours seven days a week

Who you might see / our staff

Dr Alexander Butt: General Adult and Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Marcus Hughes: Consultant Psychiatrist

Paul Abernethie: Team Manager

What you can expect

Anyone who uses our services first gets an assessment of their mental health needs and a plan of the care and support they will receive. They will also will also have one named person who co-ordinates their care and support. This person will be called either a named professional  or, if your needs are more complex,  a care co-ordinator. This person should be your main point of contact.  You can speak to them about how your treatment and support are going. When you come to hospital we will make sure you are given information about your rights and that you are only in hospital for as long as you need.  When you arrive you will be given a welcome pack which will give you and your family all the information you need to know - like the visiting times and phone numbers.


To make a referral contact the team by bleep number 6501, letter, fax or telephone.

If making a referral by fax or by post (internal and external), please telephone the team to confirm that the referral has been received.

Referrals will be accepted, usually following discussion with an LPT member, from any health care professional or social worker within St George's Hospital. Self-referrals are considered if the service user is previously known to the team.

The service does not provide direct clinical provision for primary care.