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I received an excellent service when i became unwell due to my previously diagnosed bipolar disorder. Services and support were second to none. Mental health teams historically existed to deal with severe and enduring mental illness, such as bipolar, schizonphrenia and psychosis, even dementia but are now inindated with largely younger people unable to emotionally cope with lifes pressures who become anxious and then depressed. Fortunately this type of mental health condition can be reversed by talking and talking therapies and by making healthy wellbeing choices. Anxiety is self perrpetuating and only you can get off the speeding bus if you decide so self help is the first way to tackle it. Other types of mental illness cannot just be treated with just talking therapies in this kind of way and require all of the above, medication and even hospitalisation when capacity does not exist. The day centre was great and the medication helped and i am remaining on it and stable today. I know I will have a blip again when i dont get the balance right but mental illness is manageble and we just have to keep working at it. The trick is to understand it yourself as even the mental health teams are not mind readers. You can want to end your life, but if you have capacity to make that choice then you will not be forced to have treatment or sectioned. Just because I have a life long mental illness doesnt mean i cannot do anything to understand or support my own mental health. Sadly funding from central government is not there so you have to think about going private even if you cant afford it. Its not the mental health teams fault though as they are doing what they can for the people that do not have any capacity to keep themselves and others safe. Thank you Oxleas.

Like a few of the comments above I have not received any information about the 12 month review. It is not clear to me how I can arrange this. Is it possible to provide me with a contact so I can arrange this.

Dear Katy

I am sorry to hear that you have not received any information from our service about the 10-12 month review.

We are pleased that we are now able to offer a development review to babies who are aged between 10 and 12 months. An appointment can be booked through our Central Access Team on 020 8836 8621.

I will contact you directly so that I can look into this for you.

Yours sincerely

Ellen Shelly
Head of Public Health Nursing 0-4 years

Hi my question is do you recognise pathological demand avoidance many thanks

Dear Maria

Oxleas CAMHS works within the CYP IAPT framework; follows NICE guidance for best evidence and uses the International diagnostic framework (ICD 10).

The latter does not include Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) as a recognised diagnostic entity, however, PDA is acknowledged by the National Autistic Society as a sub-type of the Autism Spectrum.

Although we do not make the diagnosis and we do not offer tailor made treatment plans for PDA we will treat a young person within the framework of any other young person with autism.

Kind Regards

Jacqui Pointon
Interim Operational Manager- Bromley CAMHS

I would highly recommend the Nail Surgery team. Both Caryn, who carried out the assessment and follow-up, and Christian who carried out the actual surgery were kind, friendly and totally professional in their approach. Christian made sure at every stage that I was comfortable and was very clear in his explanations. Caryn gave me very full instructions about how to care for my foot after the surgery. I'm now pain-free for the first time in 3 months.
I also very much enjoyed chatting with the delightful student who was present during the surgery, and wish her every success.

Dear Veronika

Thank you for your feedback, it's great that you had such a positive experience.

We will make sure that your comments are passed on to the team.

Best wishes

Iain Dimond

Wanted to say how excellent my treatment from Tracey was today. She made me feel completely comfortable despite all my nerves coming in. It was the best interaction with a healthcare professional I've had.

I usually struggle to make appointments because of anxiety, but felt so much better on leaving the clinic.

Phenomenal 'bedside manner'.

Thank you Tracey,

Dear Alan

Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We're really pleased that you had such a positive experience. We will pass on your comments to Tracey and the team.

Best wishes

Iain Dimond

This is what I think of the mental heath services first when we ring up some of the staff are rude and don’t get what u mean or tell u to ring back when you could be in need of help. My parter has just rung up and said he needs a food voucher as we are haveing some money trouble at the moment and I am diebect and all so live with my parter he was told you should mange your money. Are you takeing the mick we don’t get anogh money to live on for to pepole to pay bills food etc and my parter and me are unwell and we don’t think like a healthy mind as we are il in the head it’s called mentel Heath il mind so please if we ask for help you don’t get it we haven’t eating all week that’s what help they give to Fundable pepole and second of all you let us down all the time no help no support I’ve been very unwell and no help from the mentel Heath you just let My unwell Parter to do your job Which is making him ill as well there is no help for us and I for one feel very let down my the mentel Heath Especially this time around when I need the help the most I will be Contacting pals so that’s more stress added to my Heath thank you

Dear Charlotte

Thank you for contacting us and we are very sorry to hear your experience.

We are constantly striving to improve the quality of our service and feedback is very important to us.

Pauline Heslop, Team Manager Locality West (020 8269 4180), will give you a call to discuss ways in which we can help you.

Kind regards

Sophia Ploumaki
Associate Director
Greenwich Mental Health Services

My mother never gets the care she needs when she needs it. I am being proactive and trying to get support from the Ferryview team to try and avoid another crisis, but the resourcing (i.e. lack of) is set up to be reactive not proactive. I will now insist on a NHS funded private referral which there must be a business case for. Get your act together, start exercising duty of care and move away from the shocking conveyor belt system you operate before I take this further with media exposure.

Dear Gav

Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear about your experience of the service provided to your mother. We are striving to continually improve our quality of care for all our patients and their carers.

The team manager Maggie Miller (020 8319 5500) will give you a call to discuss how she can help in addressing the issues you have raised.

Kind regards

Sophia Ploumaki
Associate Director
Greenwich Mental Health Services

What exactly is wrong greenwich oxleas? Do you know how hard it is for mums to cope without a HV for referrals? I have an autistic 6 year old and but for the HV i wouldn't have had a clue how to access help/services for him. My 19 month old has Down’s Syndrome. I am concerned about his speech, milestones and all and can’t get a HV to speak to each time i call my surgery. We were at QE for his check last week and Doctor Barry was in shock when i told him i didnt have a HV. The community peadiatricians only see us every 6-9 months. How is this non communication with mothers especially those of us with disabled children sitting on your conscience? This is a total disgrace.

Dear Eliza

For ease of access to Speech and Language Therapy support, four drop-in assessment sessions for children under 5 years run each week. The sessions are located in Children Centres across the borough, please see the link to the webpage that includes the timetable which is also available in Greenwich GP surgeries and Children Centres.

As you stated that your child has Down Syndrome we would like the opportunity to speak with you directly to discuss your concerns and support options. Therefore, a Speech and Language Therapist will contact you on Monday.

kind regards

Stephen Whitmore
Director of C & Y P Services

As I read other people's comments I realise you are failing so many people. Does anyone ever get well? My psychiatrist left and now I have no medication. It's so wrong. I can't trust the psychiatrist now.

Dear Alison

Thank you for contacting us. Dr Akenzua, the Clinical Director for Greenwich, will contact you to discuss your concerns.

Best wishes

Iain Dimond
Director of Greenwich Adult Services and Trustwide Learning Disability Services

Hello. My baby is nearly 13 months old but I haven’t heard from the health visiting Team about the 10-12 month check. Can you please advise? I live in Eltham.

Dear Joanna

Thank you for taking the time to comment about the process in place for your child’s 10-12 month review.

Greenwich Public Health Community Nursing Service has now been in place for just over a year and changes to the health visiting service have been ongoing.

In response to parental feedback about the 10-12 month review, Oxleas is in the process of implementing the option for parents to request an appointment for the review with one of our skilled nursery nurses.

This information is now being made available to all parents in the email/letter sent to them when their child is 10 months old.

We are aware that not all parents wish to attend a face to face review so this opt in approach will allow for more efficient use of the appointments available.

All parents will continue to receive an email or letter with an invitation to attend one of our drop-in sessions and links to our webpage where they can access age related health and developmental information.

You should have received a letter/email advising you of the changes.

This will be resent out to you today and I will be in contact to discuss the options available for the 10-12 month review for your child.

Kind regards

Kerry Cooke

Operational Lead Nurse - South Health Visiting Team

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