Health Based Place of Safety Anniversary

News: Place of safety

It’s been a year since our Health Based Place of Safety (HBPoS) first opened its doors to patients in crisis, providing a safe and serene place for assessment, away from the busy Emergency Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.

Based in Oxleas House, at the hospital, this place of safety provides assessment by mental health professionals, in a calm and positive environment. Also known as the 136 Suite, the HBPoS has continued to help patients throughout the pandemic under some of the most challenging of circumstances. 

To mark the first anniversary, Andy Trotter, Chair of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, visited to say a big ‘thank you’ to the team. 

Dr Tanveer Malik, Associate Specialist and Kehinde Johnson, the HBPoS Manager are supported by a great team who all work incredibly hard to manage an often heavy demand to see that continuous, high quality care is provided to some of our most vulnerable and challenging patients, whilst making sure space is made available for the Police and other partners, when they need to access a HBPoS for patients from across London. 

Dedicated staff

Staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by Kehinde and her team, the HBPoS has a dedicated nursing staff, a unit manager, an associated specialist and a consultant. 

Chair, Andy Trotter, said: "Kehinde and the team are so skilled and efficient at running what is a complicated service, that requires careful management of numerous relationships with lots of different partners, under what can be stressful situations, whilst providing excellent levels of care for our patients. 

Their compassion is inspiring and I am so impressed by how they work together to make such a success of the service." 

Kehinde said: "The team are amazing, we couldn't do any of this without them. It makes me feel quite emotional when I think about their dedication and how much support and help they provide. I feel lucky to have such fantastic people around me."

Find out more about the work we do at Oxleas House in our short film.

Published on 23rd June 2021