Surrey GU16 7ER,
Telephone: 01276 454 100
Fax: 01372 217 148
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (excluding bank holidays)
Team Manager: Gillian King
Integrated Care Partnership Lead: Lovemore Munowenyu
Out of Hours Contact
Mental Health Crisis Helpline: 0800 915 4644
SMS texting for people with speech or hearing difficulties: 07717 989 024
Next Generation Text Service App or Textphone users (www.ngts.org.uk): 18001 0800 915 4644
The Older People’s Community Mental Health Team offers assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for people over 65 who present with functional mental health illnesses such as depression, mood disorders or anxiety and also organic mental health problems, including all dementia subtypes.
Psychological therapy is available for those with complex needs who require a higher level of intervention than what primary care can provide
Access to the service is via a single point of access, whereby all referrals are discussed by the multi-disciplinary team and the most appropriate range of assessment/treatment and support offered.
Within the team we have doctors, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social care practitioners and support workers. The team works closely with other services, such as social care, and also with the voluntary sector, particularly the Alzheimer’s Society, to provide positive support for people using services and their carers ensuring effective forward signposting where appropriate.
A range of options are available depending on the needs of the person using services, these options will be discussed fully with individuals who present to these services.
- Surrey Heath
We accept written referrals from GPs, virtual wards, and other secondary care services including referrals from adult services in relation to people with memory problems. Referrals from other agencies are via GP. Individuals can self refer back to the service within six months.
The service accepts referrals for people over 65 with concerns about their memory, including mild cognitive impairment, functional mental health problems (for example depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder) whose needs cannot be met in primary care.
Referrals will also be accepted for those whose needs cannot be met by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Service.
Referrals for people with younger onset dementia are accepted based on assessment of need and in consultation with adult mental health services and/or neurology once a diagnosis has been confirmed.
4-8 weeks for routine appointments