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Advocacy services

Advocacy services help ensure our patients' voices are heard in decisions about their treatment and care.

If you are being treated under the Mental Health Act, you can get free and confidential support from an Independent mental health advocate (IMHAs).

If you want to make a formal complaint you can get support from an independent health complaints advocacy service. They can write letters on your behalf, attend meetings with you, and provide interpreters if needed.

Local services

Croydon: Advocacy for all

Advocacy for All: Croydon

Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth: POhWER 

  • Telephone: 0300 456 2370     
  • Minicom: 0300 456 2364                           
  • Email:


Lewisham: Healthwatch Lewisham

Health Watch Lewisham

If you live in another borough please ask your council for details of your local NHS advocacy service.

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