A & E / Hospital Liaison - Royal Surrey County Hospital

Service Location

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Care Quality Commission

Contact Details

Florence Desmond Unit
Royal Surrey County Hospital
Egerton Road

Telephone Number: 01483 571122. Dial ext 4847 for Adults (18+) liaison. Dial ext 4666 for Older Adults liaison.
Fax Number: 01483 464155

Opening Times

Working age adults (18-65): Monday - Friday, 8am - 8pm; Older adults (65+): Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Contact Names

Team Manager: Anita Gunnuck
Clinical Services Manager - West: Sam Gooniah

Out of Hours Contact

Trust Switchboard: 0300 55 55 222

Service Description

The Liaison Psychiatry aims to provide a coherent service and to make mental health care a priority for both acute and mental health trusts

. It is a nurse-led service which provides holistic psychosocial assessment to determine patients’ mental health needs and their risk to themselves or others in line with NICE guidelines for self-harm (2004). Individuals are assessed by a qualified liaison psychiatric nurse and signposted to more appropriate support and mental health services. The Liaison Psychiatry Service provides a single point of referral from A&E, MAU and wards only. It constitutes of two Psychiatric Liaison nurses for Working Age Adults (18-65yrs) and two nurses for Older Adults (over 65yrs), both working under the supervision and support of a speciality consultant psychiatrist.

Areas Covered

Guildford , Waverley

Referral Process

All patients are referred by the medical team Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Referral Criteria

Adults aged 18 years and above who present with a mental health problem and are at risk to themselves and/or others.

Waiting Times

2 hours for urgent referrals