A service veteran has paid tribute to specialist NHS services for saving his life. Lloyd Dellaway, a veteran of Afghanistan, served in the Royal Signals for 9 years (3 as a reservist and 6 as a regular), was speaking during a visit by Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Care and Mental Health and Leo Docherty MP, Minister for Defence People and Veterans to St Pancras Hospital.
Jinjer Kandola MBE, Camden, and Islington NHS FT’s (C&I) Chief Executive joined NHS leaders across the capital, on Monday 21 March, in signing an open letter thanking the majority of patients who show support to NHS staff but also warning that violence and aggression will not be tolerated.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.