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Child and Adolescent Paediatric Liaison Service (St Thomas's Hospital)

Phone number:
020 7188 9125
Fax number:
020 7188 9668
Hospital site:
St Thomas's Hospital
Address:
N&S CAMHS Paediatric Liaison Service
St Thomas' Hospital
2nd floor Gassiot House
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7EH
Directorate or department:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Care pathway:
Service Type:
Treatment mode:
Outpatient
This service is for people who live in:
National (Child and Adolescent services)
Summary:
We specialise in assessment and treatment of young people (up till age 18)

- We offer diagnosis, assessment and treatment of psychological and psychiatric conditions in young people with physical illnesses such as Epilepsy, Diabetes, Asthma or Crohn’s Disease.

- We offer assessment and management of complex symptoms. Often young people have severe and disabling symptoms in which a medical cause has been hard to understand. Such conditions may be described as “medically-unexplained/ functional / psychogenic/ psychosomatic symptoms”. Many sufferers may suffer from underlying stress, anxiety or depression. There may also be systemic, familial and psycho-social factors contributing to the presentation. Offering psychological treatments for these complex symptoms, can enable the young person to return to their everyday functioning and preventing further unnecessary medical investigations and treatments. We see young people with a range of symptoms – including functional movement disorder, seizures, headaches, blackouts, functional gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic pain.

- Addressing Quality-of-life issues and negative psychological impact of living with a long-term/ chronic physical illness.

- Addressing family and psycho-social factors that affect the course and management of physical illness in children, including compliance issues with medication regime.

- Providing emergency psychiatric provision to St Thomas’ Hospital for young people (up till age 18) during the week. This includes assessment and management of young people who present with self-harm, and other psychiatric emergencies such as psychosis.

- Providing support for neuropsychiatric emergencies on the paediatric wards, such as young people with severe agitation or those with delirium in the context of a range of medical and neurological conditions.

- Providing psychiatric assessment for young people with neurological conditions – both on the wards and in outpatient clinics. We have developed expertise in managing neuropsychiatric symptoms in encephalitis and immune mediated brain conditions such as NMDA-R encephalitis.

- Providing robust mental health and neuropsychiatric support to the complex neurodevelopmental disability service (covering autism and other developmental conditions), Tics/ Tourette and neurodevelopmental movement disorders service (TANDeM) and national sleep medicine service at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

- We provide education and training to paediatric staff across GSTT including updates on identifying and managing mental health issues

- We provide consultation to paediatric medical teams to support management of complex cases.

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