Department of Liaison Psychiatry

Services:

The Department provides a service to the medical wards at the University Hospital of Wales, Rookwood Hospital and Cardiff Royal Infirmary, as well as to Holme Tower. Patients between the ages of 16 and 65 are assessed as inpatients by the medical staff.

Psychiatric liaison nurses assess inpatients at the Cardiff Poisons Unit at University Hospital Llandough.

Psychiatric liaison nurses assess patients presenting to the Emergency Unit.

Referrals:

Inpatients are referred via a specific Liaison Psychiatry referral form available on all wards within the hospitals covered.

Physicians are also able to refer patients who are not already under the care of a psychiatrist in the community as outpatients.

GP referrals are taken for patients who present with mental health difficulties related to medical problems, where these medical problems have been fully investigated.

A second opinion service is provided to Community Mental Health Teams to help with management of patients whose mental health difficulties are being exacerbated by chronic physical difficulties.

A cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist sees patients who have been assessed and referred by the Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and junior doctors, but is unable to take referrals directly.

Contact:

More detailed information, including the inpatient referral form, is available on the Board’s website. Our contact details are:

Room 124, Monmouth House, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW

Tel: 029 2074 3940
Fax: 029 2074 3928

Email: Linda.Allen@wales.nhs.uk


Last Updated: September 2015
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