Important information about your appointments

First appointment
Your first appointment is for an assessment. At the end we will discuss with you what help may best meet your needs. We will inform your GP (or any other professional who referred you) what we have decided to offer, and the outcome of the treatment.
Urgent help

We are not an emergency service. Due to COVID-19 and high pressure on A&E departments, please do not go to your local A&E if experiencing a mental health crisis. For urgent help, please contact your GP for an emergency appointment or SLaM Mental Health Support 24-hour helpline on 0800 731 2864.

Other crisis services you can use: Samaritans 24 hour helpline on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org , Solidarity in A Crisis (freephone) on 03001231922, Lambeth Short Term Support Service on 0800 0902456, or The Listening Place which is a service run by volunteers supported and supervised by mental health professionals.
Confidentiality

The information you give is confidential within the NHS. That means it is not disclosed outside of the NHS unless we have your permission. However, we will inform other people if we think you are at
risk to yourself or to other people. For example if we were concerned that you may be about to harm yourself or another adult or child. Then we would be required to inform other authorities.

Questionnaires

Your therapist will ask you to complete questionnaires about how you are feeling and doing, every week. This is essential so that we can keep track of your progress. They will also ask you to do other tasks in your week, including completing diaries for homework. This is to make sure that what we do works in your everyday life.

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Our Attendance Policy
If you are unable to attend please email one of the team administrators at LambethIAPTAdministrators@slam.nhs.uk

For the treatment to work, you need to have regular appointments. If you do not attend your appointment and do not call us beforehand to cancel and let us know, you may lose that session. If this happens again, you will be discharged and will not be offered another appointment.

If there are major unavoidable reasons that stop you coming, please let us know and cancel before the appointment. If you are late for your session we might not be able to see you, and this would also count as a missed appointment. If you have to cancel two appointments, you will be discharged and treatment will end. You may then be able to restart treatment at a later date when you know you can attend regularly.