Accept Cookies

Cookies: We use cookies on our website to make it clear, useful and reliable. This includes storing a small amount of data about you. By navigating to other sections of our website, you are consenting to information being stored. Find out more here.

Service finder
Service finder
Service finder
Service finder

Assessment and Liaison (Lewisham)

Phone number:
020 3228 9200
Hospital site:
1 Southbrook Road
SE12 8LH
Disabled access:
Directorate or department:
Psychological Medicine & Integrated Care
Care pathway:
Service type:
Adult Mental Health Services Local
Treatment mode:
This service is for people who live in:
The Assessment and Liaison Service is for Lewisham residents with mental health problems or residents from neighbouring boroughs who are registered with a Lewisham GP.

The service works to each of Lewisham’s four GP neighbourhoods, and assesses people who are referred according to the following timescales:

- within 24 hours - for urgent referrals
- within 7 days - for priority referrals
- within 28 days - for routine referrals

The service accepts referrals from GP’s, primary care and social care colleagues. It does not accept self-referrals

The Service provides expert advice and consultation to help primary and adult social care colleagues look after patients, where possible, without the need for a secondary mental health service.

Where a secondary service may be indicated, a member of the multidisciplinary team will see the patient within the relevant timescale and provide the referrer with a comprehensive psychosocial assessment and formulation in keeping with NICE guidelines and Trust and Local Authority policy.

Current criteria for referral are:

- NICE guidelines for treatment in primary care have already been applied
- there is a significant mood, anxiety or personality problem
- there is a moderate or serious risk of harm to self or others
- the primary problem is not one of harmful use of alcohol or drugs
- there may be a psychotic disorder which can’t be managed in primary care.

Examples of possible outcomes are as follows:

- discharge back to primary care with detailed advice and guidance about treatment
- referral onwards to other secondary or more specialist service
- signposting to more appropriate services or agencies in the community
- up to 12 weeks treatment and support provided in accordance with NICE guidelines.
Further Information:

Spotted a mistake or need to update information?

If you’ve spotted a mistake or you are a member of staff who needs to update clinical service details please email us