All the doctors in the practice see patients with mental health problems. If you think you are suffering from low mood, anxiety or any other mental health issue, please consider booking a double appointment, initially with a GP, to discuss it further.
The practice keeps close ties with both the Primary Care Liaison Team (PCLT) and the Community Mental Health Team. These teams consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses (CPNs), and occupational therapists amongst others, and all patients are initially referred through a centralised system based at the Royal Edinburgh. If you require to attend a CPN, it is possible to see Karen Kirk at the practice, as we recognise patients like this convenience, but all referrals are arranged by seeing a GP in the first instance.
In addition there is an Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT) which provides a 24 hour, 7 day per week service to people experiencing an acute mental health crisis. It provides an alternative to acute hospital admission by providing intensive intervention in the community. The service is the gatekeeper to hospital admission.
There are also specialist services which your GP may refer you to directly: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, based at Rillbank Terrace, Perinatal Mental Health Service, Old Age Mental Health Service for patients over 65 years, Eating Disorders (Cullen Centre), Traumatic Stress (Rivers Centre), Alcohol and Substance Misuse Service, Adult Psychotherapy and Group Analysis (Royal Edinburgh Hospital), Regional Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultancy Service, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Service, and the Learning Disabilities Team.
If you are suffering with mental health problems and need to see a psychiatric specialist in an emergency out of hours, you can contact the Mental Health Assessment Service (MHAS) at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital direct on 0131 537 6000. If it is within practice hours, please contact the surgery where a Duty Doctor will be available.
There is a useful website for Edinburgh based mental health information. This provides patient information leaflets, links for self help, including on line material as well as books. It also provides information on local services:www.edspace.org.uk
Karen Kirk also wrote an excellent article on coping with stress, anxiety and low mood, which you can access here: Managing Stress, Mild Anxiety, and Low Mood Symptoms