The liaison service is for older people known to mental health services who are admitted to the general hospital with a physical illness. Liaison is also for those not already known to the service who are admitted to the general hospital and experiencing an acute episode of mental health problems which requires an urgent assessment.
The liaison service is provided by our acute care and treatment team for older people. It ensures that a person’s full needs are met by making sure that mental health problems do not go unrecognised in the general hospital.
The service shares information and knowledge for those known to mental health services to improve care and understanding for older people with mental health problems while they are inpatients in the general hospital.
Liaison provides special expertise and support to a person during an acute phase of mental health difficulty which increases risks to themselves or others.
There is no direct referral access to our liaison service. A GP will make the initial referral into mental health services.
A person may get referred to the acute care and treatment team from wider mental health services and teams.
The acute care and treatment team for older people is located at The Gardens, at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.
The Gardens is towards the back of the hospital and signposted from the main hospital entrance.