Liaison psychiatry service at St Helier

Our Liaison Psychiatry Service assesses and manages adults with mental health problems at St Helier Hospital. This includes people staying on our wards and in our Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

The Service helps people with problems such as:

  • Self harm
  • Complex problems related to alcohol and substance misuse
  • Mood disorders in the context of physical illness
  • Complex confusional states (delirium and dementia)
  • Behavioural problems related to psychological issues, eg poor adherence to treatment or a brain injury
  • Complex assessments of capacity
  • Eating disorders
  • Ante- and post-natal mental health problems
  • Medically unexplained physical symptoms.

Accessing the service

Referrals for inpatients and patients in the emergency department are made as follows:

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, by paging the Liaison Psychiatry team on Bleep 167.
  • Out-of-hours, referrals should be made to the Duty Psychiatrist at Sutton Hospital via St Helier Hospital switchboard (020 8296 2000).

Please note that patients of Epsom Hospital should be referred to the psychiatric service serving that site.

The St Helier Liaison Psychiatry Service does not accept referrals from primary care. GP referrals, including emergency referrals, should be made directly to the community psychiatric services:

  • In-hours, 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, referrals should be made to the community mental health services aligned to the practice (adult patients: Sutton Assessment Team, 020 3513 3900; Merton Assessment Team, 020 3458 5596.  Patients under 18 years of age: Sutton CAMHS or Merton CAMHS
  • Out-of-hours, referrals should be made to the Duty Psychiatrist at Sutton Hospital via St Helier Hospital switchboard (020 8296 2000).

Location and contact details

Department of Liaison Psychiatry, St Helier Hospital

Referral pager: 167 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
Tel: 020 8296 2682
Fax: 020 8296 3351

Key staff

Dr Jim Bolton

Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist

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