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Changes to Trust services in response to the Coronavirus outbreak

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

In response to Covid-19, we have changed our services and the way we work to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors.

We still see some people face-to-face but many of our appointments are now offered online and by phone. We are following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks.

Access to hospital sites
We are limiting public access to hospital sites to reduce risks for patients and staff. 

Bethlem Royal Hospital is now completely closed to the public, including dog walkers. Wickham Park Gate is also closed.

Urgent care
Please visit our crisis support page if you or someone close to you needs urgent care or call our 24-hour mental health crisis line on 0800 731 2864 (Option 1).

Other service changes
In delivering our Covid-19 response a number of service changes were made:
  • Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit: temporarily closed. 
  • Aubrey Lewis 1 (AL1) was leased to Kings for 3 months to support Covid-19 pressures. Planned to reopen as an older adults ward soon.
  • Eating Disorders Until (Tyson West 2) was closed as part of initial pandemic response. Now reopened. 
  • National Autism Unit: current bed occupancy of 11 patients. Plans in place to reopen to full capacity of 15 beds.
  • National Psychosis Unit: current bed occupancy of 8 beds. Plans to reopen to full capacity of 18 beds.
  • Snowfields Adolescent Unit - temporarily closed and merged with the Bethlem Adolescent Unit. Plans to reopen delayed due to staffing issues. Recruitment plan is in place.

We expect further changes and will keep you informed of any developments. We have communicated these changes to our patients and carers and will be posting regular updates on our website. 

Visit our coronavirus page to find out more.

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