The Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) Hospital Choir, which is made up of staff, service users and carers, has not let a global pandemic get in the way of their rehearsals – and are now holding virtual sessions via a video conferencing platform, which started on Tuesday 28 April.
“It’s the biggest learning curve of my life and the most incredible experience – I am completely blown away by everyone’s support,” says Roisin Quinn, 24, a C&I Occupational Therapist, who is working as a Clinical Support Worker at London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital.
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) is playing a central role in responding to the coronavirus outbreak by providing essential mental health care to residents of Camden and Islington and Kingston.
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In the current stressful situation, it is important that we pay attention to mental health as well as physical health. Here are some tips for people living in Camden and Islington that may help manage very understandable anxiety and worry.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments. Our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital, sees people in need of care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need.
The Trust is delighted to have submitted plans to the local authority, as part of the planning application process, to gain permission to build its new inpatient mental health facility at Highgate East.
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.