Mental Health, Counselling and Welfare Advice:
The prevalence of Mental Health Issues and stress related conditions within the UK is high, despite this, there are still many taboos around the subject. Patients are often unable or unwilling to talk to their family, friends or GP / Nurse.
The fact is that GPs and Nurses see a very large number of people with Mental Health Issues ranging from mild depression or anxiety all the way through to more serious conditions and are very experienced at putting patients at ease.
Your GP will be able to refer you to an appropriate specialist service if you require further treatment. At the surgery we have visiting therapists who offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a Mental Health Link Worker holds sessions at the surgery every week. You will need to be referred to these services by your GP.
Patients who are worried or anxious about their personal finances, debt problems, benefits issues or even social exclusion etc can be seen by one of our Link workers at the surgery.
The trained link workers can offer aa variety of advice or just a listening ear. It is possible to attend on a “Walk in” basis but you may have to wait, alternatively speak to one of the Care Navigators and they can refer our patients to our social link worker (social prescriber). From time to time one of our GP’s may also refer you to a social link worker