We run a GP lead fortnightly mental health session at the practice, specifically to review and manage the physical and mental health of patients with severe mental health needs and those with learning disability.
These sessions include GP visiting the 3 learning disability residential homes in our catchment area – 4 Maer Lane, Beulah House & New Barn at Goldstone, that include carrying out physical health checks, clinical management, flu jabs and communication with LD specialist services.
Patients with schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses have a higher incidence of physical disease that the general population and so we feel it is important to respond to this in a proactive way, that can include home visiting.
In order to allow protected time to this group of high risk patients, this session is only available via GP referral. Patients with mental health needs can of course book an appointment with any GP via the usual appointment system.