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Hi

I have been depressed/anhedonic for 9 years and have failed to respond to all medications (over 30) , and was wondering whether I could be referred for rTMS on the NHS? I live in a nearby London borough and see this as a fully viable option in finally treating my depression and regaining my life.

However I need to ask if were I to be referred, you would be willing to conduct the treatment on an area of the brain known as the orbitofrontal cortex? This is the only area of the brain that seems to respond to the emotional numbing type of depression/anhedonia that I have, and has many studies,evidence and anecdotes behind it of which I can provide.

As I understand it, NICE has not restricted this method of care, and it has been used extensively in the US now to alleviate the most treatment resistant cases(anhedonia and emotional numbing) I really feel that this is the only type of rTMS that can cure me , and being only 24 and having suffered like this for many years, I am pretty desperate to regain my life.

I hope you can be of assistance

My 18 year old son transitioned from CAMHS earlier this year on a CPA. He was given a CPN who he saw a handful of times and she then left. He was not allocated a new one despite being on a CPA. He was contacted by a team Psychologist who assessed him for further treatment that had a 6 month waiting list. he attended A&E on the 1/6/2018 feeling anxious and suicidal. The nurse contacted his CMHT and stated that he needed more support. It was not forthcoming. He had an appointment with the Psychologist on the 12th July which he attended only to be told she was off sick and someone should have informed him. He has heard nothing since. I have left 2 voicemails with the team leader Brian stating that at this point I would like to make an informal complaint about the lack of care and support for my teenage son. I have had no response. To say the least the transition has gone badly. My son is vulnerable to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and he is currently receiving no treatment. Very unimpressed with the service to date.I'm a registered mental health nurse myself and know the strain on services but this is unacceptable.

We are very sorry to hear about your experience regarding your son’s treatment. The Greenwich Mental Health Service Manager Rachel Matheson will be in touch with you to discuss a way forward.

Disgusting service. My son has been desperately waiting for someone who to contact him, for four months, only to be told he's been discharged. No one has contacted him at all why has he been discharged? What an awful thing to do to a teenager who spent days battling with himself until he could muster up the confidence to ask for help.
I called, knowing he didn't have the confidence to, only to be told no one can speak to me and no one will call him, he has to call himself even though this is supposed to be a counselling service for troubled youngsters and he has already taken the difficult step to ask for help.
Time to talk?! Time to add to your misery!

Today I was so frustrated to hear from bromley well been that you have rejected there referral my four year old son suffering and his behaviour has got so severe that he knocked me out unconscious two weeks ago. I have done everything asked of me , my son is now a danger to himself and others .does my son have to seriously hurt himself or others before you will listen.

Dear Shiobhan

Many thanks for getting in contact.

As discussed over the phone I will follow-up on the concerns you raised regarding your son's referral to Bromley CAMHS and provide a response accordingly.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Bromley CAMHS on 020 8315 4430 if you need to discuss any further issues.

Best wishes
Dominic Leigh
Operational Manager, Bromley CAMHS

Hi

I have been trying to get hold of my HV for the last week regarding getting a referral to the perinatal mental health team - no one seems to pass on messages or ask her to call me back - so frustrating as being told to reach out for help but no one really helping.

Dear Katie

I am sorry that there was a delay in responding to your request. However, I understand that this has been rectified by the health visiting service and that you will be receiving a visit this week.

Kind regards

Stephen Whitmore
Director of C & Y P Services

Attended 5th July, a little apprehensive. Reception staff smiling and helpful. Very busy but numbers quickly went down and had to wait just 25 minutes for triage and then about 40 to see doctor. Very friendly but professional, supportive and gave all the time needed; explained everything and I left reassured and delighted with the service. I would definitely recommend this unit and if you have any concerns at all, don't wait and don't be worried, it is an excellent facility.

Dear Paul,

Thank you for your fantastic feedback. It's fitting that you visited our service on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS.

I will pass this on to the reception staff, triage nurse and the doctor who you saw. Hopefully your words will be of encouragement and reassurance to anyone else thinking of seeking help from our service.

Thank you again,

Gerry Baker
Manager - CASH and Community Gynaecology

Dear All,

I've been going to the drop-in sessions at Brookhill Children's Centre to weigh my baby and twice I've been told that I was too late (once at 11:40 and another time at 11:46). This last time I was told that the sessions end at 11:45, so I checked again but the schedule on this website shows the time as 9:30 to 12. To add to the confusion, the Brookhill Centre's website states 11:30 as the end time. So which one is it? Please clarify. I've encountered other mums who were also sent away and it's very frustrating given we've made the effort to attend the session, and we're guiding ourselves by the schedule you maintain on your website. Thank you.

Dear Tania

Thank you for contacting us. I’m sorry that you and others have had this experience.

I can confirm that our Health Advice Session at Brookhill Children’s Centre is scheduled each Monday between 09.30 and 12.00.

I have spoken to the manager of Brookhill Children’s Centre and asked that the Children’s Centre reception staff are aware of this and also asked that their website is amended with the correct time.

Kind regards

Maureen Makin
Operational Lead Nurse

I've been to the clinic a few times and generally it was good, but the last 2 times I've come in 2018, the clinic has been in shambles. My most recent visit today, I had an initial assessment for contraception at 12:45pm. at 1:10pm I was called over by the receptionist and told my slot was at 2:20pm so I could go out and come back. I went out and came back promptly at 2pm. By 2:45pm I had still not been seen, so I went up to reception. After taking my name, the receptionist proceeded to angrily ask "where have you been?!" And pretty much tell me off because she and the nurse had called my name multiple times at 1:45pm. I explained if the receptionist had actually told me the correct time for my slot I would have been here, and was only away because I was told I could leave as my slot wasn't for another hour. All in all, poor service, clumsy mistakes, and staff angry at me for their mistakes. I will be going anywhere else I possibly can that isn't Market Street clinic

Dear Sarah

I am sorry your experience was not up to our usual standard and I will work with the service to understand what happened on this occasion and how we can improve.

We value all feedback so appreciate you have taken the time to let us know.

I hope you will continue to use our services at Market Street.

Kind regards

Lisa Thompson
Associate Director, Greenwich Community Services

My son is a mental patient in Millbrook ward, who is very badly in need of services of a Psychologist. There is only one Psychologist who handles over 20 patients or more, for the last six months no Psychologist therapy was given to my son due to lack of therapists. It would be helpful for all the patients as well, who need this therapy be provided by increasing numbers of psychologist service in this ward.

Other services provided by the staff are excellent.

I am sorry to have read your comments, it will be helpful to make contact with you to discuss this.

Can you please contact our PALS office so we can arrange a meeting or a telephone call to get further details to enable us investigate your concern.

Their number is 0800 917 7159.

Kind regards

Francis Adzinku
Head of Nursing, Bexley

I have just had an excellent experience with the Podiatric Surgery Centre at the Garland Road Health Centre and the Fairfield Centre.
Christian Vaughan-Spruce saw me promptly and after a thorough discussion advised surgery on my ingrowing toenails.
His concerns about my blood pressure led me to see my GP and get that under control so he could operate safely.
He gave me an extremely detailed information sheet which answered pretty much all the questions I might have had and especially what to do before and after the operation.
The operation itself was performed swiftly and precisely, but following all the hygiene protocols.
In the 3 days since the operation I have been entirely - unexpectedly - pain free and am already all but completely mobile again.
The follow-up this morning with Caryn Mortimer was equally unfussy and pleasant - under the circumstances.
It remains to be seen how successful the operation has been, but the process has been painless so far - and with their better than national average success rate, I am optimistic.
Thank you Christian and Caryn.

Dear Chris,

Many thanks for your lovely feedback about your recent nail surgery experience. I am delighted that both Christian and Caryn provided you with an excellent service and that you found the whole experience pleasant and pain free. I am particularly happy to read they were thorough in their pre and post operative care.

The nail surgery team always strive for excellence so I am pleased this is what you experienced.

Thank you once again for taking the time to pass on your positive comments.

With kind regards

Catherine Edmeades - Head of Profession Podiatry.

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