When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the NHS had to quickly adapt the way in which services were delivered to keep both service users and staff as safe as possible. And this was no different for the Traumatic Stress Clinic (TSC) at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation.
The Black Lives Matter exhibition which has been running in the corridor of West Wing at St Pancras outside the conference centre for the past few months will shortly be splitting, with half of the exhibits getting a designated space in the staff canteen at St Pancras and the rest being housed in the room to the right of the entrance at Highgate.
Despite the easing of some lockdown measures, this continues to be a very challenging time for many. With guidance changing on what feels like a daily basis, it is completely normal to feel a sense of uncertainty and frustration at being unable to plan ahead or to know what will happen next.
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.