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In my experience, Time to Talk seem fairly well organised. i liked that they mostly followed through the things they agreed to. I like that they gave me exact details of what to expect, such as times of phone calls. I liked that I was given copies of write ups. It is a pity things didn't end well for us. But Katy Grazebrook treated me with respect, and no one can take that away from me. Some of the other members of time to talk were quite welcoming too.

Dear Alison

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback, and I'm pleased that aspects of your experience were positive, even if, as you note, not everything worked out as you would wish.

Your description of our staff is one that matches the attributes we would always wish them to have.

I will pass your comments on to the team.

Yours faithfully

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

Dear Sir/Madam,

My partners older daughter had mental problems and is currently under SLaM Purley.

We are considering Supported Housing for her as the realisation of her renting her own place working part time is difficult enough but with the added problems she has with manic episodes takes it to another level.

Strong minded and wishing to be independent we also looked at shared ownership with a large deposit but feel she is not at that stage as yet.

She is in Croydon at the moment and we really think it would be better if she was closer to us.
We wondered what the criteria is for your project and the referral system.

Kind regards

Jane

Dear Jane

Thank you for contacting us about this issue. Our 'DISH' service is accessible to residents of Bexley only at this time.

To be eligible, individuals need to be resident in the Borough, registered with a Bexley GP, and under the care of one of the Bexley Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs).

It is the CMHT that ordinarily instigates a DISH referral if such intensive support is needed.

I hope that this information is helpful.

Kind regards

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

Why can I not get help from home treatment team the way I have been trertead is so bad

Dear Melanie,

I have spoken with Greenwich Home Treatment Team, who knew you and were aware of your recent contacts with them. It is difficult to put too many personal details on an online forum like this, but the team advise me that several suggestions and plans about your longer-term care were made to you, although you might not have been keen on some of them.

If you wish to discuss this in more detail you may contact me on 020 8836 8555 or by email at derek.tracy@oxleas.nhs.uk .

Alternatively you can contact our independent 'PALS' (patient advice and liaison service) on 0800 9177159 or pals@oxleas.nhs.uk.

Kind regards

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

Hello, I have been a member of horizon house for some years, I have not attended horizon house since 1997 when I became unwell and was admitted to hospital. I am considering returning to horizon house in the near future. I have a question to ask how long dose it take to make a referral? as I would like to return to horizon house. Thanks Keith

I have been trying to email the central access team with some concerns about visits (or lack of) from the nursing team but my email keeps coming back to me as undeliverable because the NHS server is not working properly.

I have been having two visits a week from nurses to change dressings on my foot.. Before Christmas the nurse didn't turn up for an expected visit and when I phoned to query this I was told that it had been changed to one visit a week.

It was nice to be told (not) that my visits had been reduced. Although my foot is healing I am wasting time waiting for people who don't turn up. As we have had some nice weather it would have been ice to go out rather than wait for someone who is not going to arrive.

As the bulky dressings make it difficult to put proper shoes on I can't go out when it is raining for fear of getting the dressing wet and not having anyone who can change it and then infection setting in. I do not want any more problems than I already have so it would be nice to know am I getting one or two visits a week?

Dear Caroline

Thank you for your comment.

Kate Williams, the manager of the Central Access Team, will be in contact with you regards the difficulties that you are experiencing emailing the team.

Liz Penn, Head of Long Term Conditions and manager of the district nursing services has asked the team manager to contact you directly regarding your dressings.

Please do not hesitate to contact Liz Penn directly on 020 8319 7154 if you wish to discuss your issues further.

Thank you once again for bringing your concerns to our attention.

I am a service user Oxleas and I am interested in applying for the volunteer 2 work scheme. Could you please send me an application forms or details of how to apply for this post.

Yours sincerely

Rachel

Hi Rachel

Thank you for your enquiry with regards to the V2W scheme. Please contact me via e-mail or phone to arrange an appointment to see me and we can discuss the scheme further and complete the relevant forms.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Deborah Goodson
V2W Co-ordinator
0208 301 9459
Deborah.goodson@oxleas.nhs.uk

I am appalled that all I wanted was the opening times for Green Parks Orpington. Impossible. I would have thought visitors for inpatients was essential !!!!

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your message.

We have taken on board that the visiting times were not on the service listing page, and have now amended the listing to reflect this - thank you for bringing this to our attention.

We will always try to accommodate reasonable exceptions to these, in discussion with the individual ward, though ordinarily we do not allow visitors during lunch and dinner times.

As an NHS Trust we are committed to strong and productive cooperative working with families and carers, and would always encourage engagement with our services and teams.

I am happy to be contacted directly if this does not answer your query.

Kind regards

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

derek.tracy@oxleas.nhs.uk
020 8836 8555

Hello, Can you perscribe medication? I have suffered from depression for the last 5 years and it seems to be getting worse and nowhere seems to be helping

Dear Louise

Thanks for contacting us. Greenwich Time to Talk does not ordinarily prescribe medication for mental health conditions; they provide talking therapies.

Some people prefer or need one treatment type over the other, whilst others have both at the same time.

In the first instance you might wish to see your GP about medication queries; if they need any specialist assistance on this, they will ask secondary care services for advice.

It might also be that during such a review your GP feels that a referral for talking therapy at Greenwich Time to Talk would be appropriate.

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director.

I am also disgusted by the treatment from Erith center. It is appalling. The staff are so rude and make you feel as though you are wasting their time, and always make out your problems to be less than they really are. Have not called me back as promised and did not accommodate for any of my very reasonable requests.

Dear John

I'm very sorry to hear this; I have asked the Service Manager to investigate this and a senior member of staff will be in touch with you to learn more about this shortly.

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

Dear John

I'm afraid we had difficulty contacting you on the email address that you supplied.

We are keen to discuss this matter with you - would it be possible to call me on 01322 356100.

Kind regards

Patrick Cain
Bexley Locality Manager

I tried to refer an elderly patient for leg dressing today on 28/11/15 morning. I am from OOH Bexley. I was told by reception after she spoke to Melanie D/N ,to send written referral by fax or e mail and declined to take a referral over telephone. I do not have an e mail for OOH so I am unable to refer by e mail and to write a letter and fax is very time consuming. For all these years D/N have taken OOH referral on telephone. May I request to know why this has changed and why a telephone referral can not be taken- it is an effective way of working. This makes it hard for a busy OOH GP to write a referral and fax- when this can be easily sorted over telephone. In today's day and age- we should have every possible option available to us and we should make a smooth referral pathway for doctors and patients for a quick and a smooth journey for patients. I am very frustrated with the service today. I await to hear from you.

Dear Dr Chaturvedi

Thank you for bringing this incident to my attention. I understand that Austin Alpha, Head of Integrated Teams has spoken to you and explained that while in the interest of patient safety we prefer to have written referrals with all the pertinent details clearly written, we do recognise that occasionally this is not possible for the referrer. A telephone referral between GP and Community nurse, in these instances may be acceptable.

I apologies for any inconvenience caused to you or the patient you were referring, and if you would like to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 8319 7154.

Kind regards

Liz Penn
Head of Long Term Conditions

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