What we offer
This is a specialist mental health service based in North Middlesex University Hospital provided by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.
The team will see anyone aged over 16 who might be suffering from mental health problems in A&E or as an inpatient. It is a 24-hour mental health service staffed by specialist psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, a clinical psychologist, social worker, and associate mental health workers.
Dr Justin Shute Liaison consultant psychiatrist
Dr Laurence Reed Liaison consultant psychiatrist
Dr Susie Lingwood Liaison consultant psychiatrist
Dr Liz Sampson Liaison consultant psychiatrist
Mr Jabu Chikore Team Manager
Christiana Fadipe Administrator
The mental health liaison service is in the podium, level 2.
How to refer
We operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Your doctor will call us as soon as a need for mental health input is identified – patients do not need to be ‘medically cleared’ for an assessment to begin. We aim to attend within 1 hour (A&E), 4 hours (AMU), or 24 hours (wards).
We will ask your doctor to tell us:
1. Patient ID: Name, date of birth and hospital number
This is so we know who we have to see and helps us quickly find records of past history and identify who will offer follow-up care if needed.
2. Reasons your doctor would like you to come to hospital and what medical care will being given.
This helps us to consider whether there is a physical cause for the symptoms or if transfer to a psychiatric hospital may be needed.
3. Reasons your doctor feels a mental health assessment is required.
A doctor will assess a patient for any new symptoms or behaviours that are impacting on patient safety?
Remember that a history of mental health problems alone does not mean the person necessarily needs a mental health assessment now
4. The doctor should advise the patient that he is asking permission to assess.
If not, why not?
5. Your initial assessment / triage?
The doctor will assess that the patient remains safe? This helps us to determine the urgency of the referral.
Patients are told if and when we are coming and may offer initial advice over the phone
If a patient is admitted to hospital the department will ensure the safety of the patient and while in hospital if 1:1 nursing is needed, this is arranged by the hospital.
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Mental Health Liaison Service
North Middlesex University Hospital
Tel: 020 8887 3207
Fax: 020 8887 3278
Page last updated October 2015