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Had assessment in nov/dec last year. Was diagnosed over the phone 1st week in feb, now have to wait til april to see the SIT team, which i think is way too long! I have problems that need to be addressed and questions but whenever i ring ferryview i can never talk to a dr or anyone as nobody is available? Even though my gp has started my medication i think im slowly starting to deteriate, and obviously need help instead of waiting around?? Which is really not good.

Many thanks for taking the time to contact us and explaining your concerns. We understand that a member of the team has now spoken to you to hear these in more detail, and to give an explanation of how the service works, including what to do in an emergency whilst waiting for an appointment.

We have been told that you are happy with the outcome of this discussion, but please do get back in contact if you've any further comments.

Kind regards

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

I came in for a referral last year - was told I would see a Specialist within two months. Didn't happen. Got the letter for the appointment almost a year later by which time I had realised I didn't need it all and went for self help options.

Dear Ebbie

I'm sorry to hear about your negative experience. I will shortly contact you directly to learn more about what has happened, how we can learn from this, and if we need to provide you with any assistance at this time.


Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director


I have been assessed by Elizabeth. I was sent a summary of my assesment recently, in this assesment it indicates that I have been put on a waiting list for individual CBT therapy. Can you please advise on how long roughly applicants wait for individual therapy and if there is alternatives in the meantime (such as organisations where applicants can pay for treatment)


Dear Harry

Thank you for your enquiry.

Waiting times vary depending on what your individual circumstances are and which treatment has been recommended. For example clients who are flexible about where and what time they can attend are usually offered appointments more quickly than those waiting for particular surgeries, days or times. However, our maximum waiting time targets from the date we receive a referral to the treatment start date is 18 weeks. NHS England have introduced new targets from April 2015, where they require 75% of clients to enter treatment within 6 weeks of referral and 95% within 18 weeks. We will be publishing our actual waiting times on the Oxleas website from April 2015 and we are working hard to achieve the new targets. You will be able to find these at

If you contact the service directly (Tel 020 3260 1100 ) or via we can advise you about where you are on the waiting list.

We endeavour to see individuals as soon as possible so they do not have to consider the option of private therapy. We therefore do not recommend organisations where our patients would have to pay privately for treatment because they are on a waiting list with us.

Regarding other resources, all of the Greenwich libraries stock 'books on prescription' which are a wide range of evidence based self-help books for mild to moderate mental health problems and other issues.

Finally, in addition to this there is also Big White Wall. Big White Wall is an anonymous service. Using Big White Wall will not affect how long you have to wait for treatment: you will still receive counselling or CBT from us when a therapist becomes available.

What is Big White Wall? is a place you can go when you’re feeling down, or struggling with mental health issues. It’s an online service for everyone over 16, designed to help you feel better and take control of your mental health. Big White Wall is safe and anonymous, with trained professionals online to support you 24/7.

95% of people who use Big White Wall say it helps them to feel better.

What can I do on Big White Wall?

- Get things off your chest, and share with people experiencing similar issues to you
- Express how you’re feeling with words and images
- Learn practical skills to help you cope with the things you’re struggling with
- Take part in online Guided Support courses

How can I join Big White Wall?

Simply go to and select ‘join now’ to enter your postcode where it says ‘check if free in your area’, this will take you to setup your unique and anonymous login.

I hope this is helpful

Katy Grazebrook
Clinical Lead
Greenwich Time To Talk

I would like to tell you about the great experience I have had at The Source. I started using the source when my 4 year old was just a few months old and they are great. Friendly and professional, and fantastic with kids. Was especially impressed that not just an emergency service but also arranged injections for both my children.
Whenever I have visited The Source the team have been polite, professional and I have never waited for more that 10 minutes to be seen. This is a very different experience from a trip to my local GP. So Thank you and please pass on my comment to they team there.

Dear Kim

Thank you for your lovely comments which are very much appreciated by our team. Our team at the Source really are very caring and committed and they continue to always do all they can to support the health and well being of our local families. It is great to be able to share your feedback with them.

Kind regards

Service Director, Adult Community Services

My nan arrived to this care home after leaving hospital, on several visits staff were either rude or no where to be found. My nan was left in wet underwear for half a day and we were told by my nan that they spoke to her much nicer when we were there and when she was alone they were impatient with her.unfortunately our nan became ill again and was taken back to hospital but in another way this was a silver lining for us as she no longer spends another day in a adequate care home. On another note we were not even told that out nan was taken to hospital it was not until my sister went to visit that she was informed even know my nan was taken to hospital the night before. there response was we had 48 hours to collect her belongings at that moment in time the welfare of our nan was far more important. we understand this care home is due to closing we are not surprised and glad another family does not have the experience we encountered.

Dear Michelle

We are sorry that your nan has not had a good experience and grateful to you for raising these issues. We will ensure that myself or our clinical director Sarah contact you later today to discuss further. We will be discussing with the matron and head of nursing immediately.

Best regards

Jane Wells
Director of Adult Community Health Services

I have been with your services in the Bromley 48 Mason hill for nearly 2 yrs in which I have seen roughly 8 Drs ,all which were great, but for some reason they have all left .Now I have been given Dr A, I have had nothing but problems with her, 7 different Dr agree on my medication as I was on 3 different benzodines and was taken off 2 of them and calculated them and now only take one with the lithium, it has taken years to get the right medication and dose, finally your Drs got it right. In the notes if anyone looked I had said it was the first time I had felt normal in years. I Lost my grandmother, my grandfather, and broke up with my partner all in the space of 3 months, I was actually coping well until for no reason Dr A decided to change my doses n put me on another medication with side effects of thickening of the blood and said not to take in have heart problems and I have had 2 heart attacks and have a blood clot in the chamber of my heart !!! So needless to say I didn't take it ,so because I didn't take it I then wasn't perscribed any of my medication !!!! Why touch something that is working ???? Because it was someone else that got it right and not her !!!! I've asked to see someone else over a week ago and have not heard anything .. I think it is discusting . I don't need someone to tell me how I'm feeling, I should be telling the Dr.. She does not listen just talks over me. I have contacted a solicitor , She is playing with my life, this is not a game, but Dr A seems to think so......

Dear Amanda

We are very sorry to hear about your concerns, particularly as you feel a treatment combination that was working was changed.

There are always pros and cons to taking medication, and we regret that the conversation on this with your doctor does not appear to have been as clearly explained as perhaps it might.

I have spoken to the team at Stepping Stones who have been advised of your thoughts on this. I have been informed that your next appointment will be with a different doctor, who will be made aware of these important issues in advance of your review.

I trust that you will be able to have a clear and considered discussion on these issues at this time, including the rationale for any commencement, change, or discontinuation of any medication.

Kind regards

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

When i first came to Ivy Willis House i was quite low,the staff here was very supportive of me i was at Ivy Willis from mid March of 2013 to January 2015 i did enjoy my stay at Ivy Willis i gradually started feeling better in my self.

There was loads of activaties to do from Quiz night to Bingo and film night and not to mention pamper group and watching tv and most of the staff was down to Earth.The staff at Ivy Willis House were very kind and polite and i just wish to thank every one here at Ivy willis House for looking after me.

Dear Deborah

We are delighted to hear of the positive experience you have from the staff and services at Ivy Willis House, and we're very grateful for your taking the time to share these with us.

We will ensure that all staff learn of this; we know they will be hugely pleased to see that their good work and efforts are appreciated.

Thank you once again,

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

Dear Joanne,
My concerns can't be resolved as this experience has already happened to me. Day staff on the ward also told me to complain as they witnessed my poor treatment . I will never understand the purpose those five lost days and I doubt I will recover from the abuse I suffered and witnessed. Many staff just wanted to remain in the office and you were made to feel a nuisance if you wanted anything.if I hadn't been released when I was I doubt I would have survived the ordeal.
Of course being sectioned is stressful but surely skilled staff would have tried to alleviate my fears, reassure me, welcome me and make sure that at least I had a clean, warm room and emergency toiletries. This was the worst experience of my life. I didn't know who my named nurse was or where to go for help. Friends and family were appalled that this was meant to be 'care' I was treated worse than a criminal

Dear Chris

I am very sorry to hear about your ongoing concerns, and have discussed the matter with your team consultant, ward manager, and the hospital's modern matron.

It is always very difficult to resolve these matters, or go into specific details, online, and I think it will be necessary for this to be dealt with in a different forum.

In the first instance I would strongly encourage you to meet the team to see if this can be worked out; it can come to me as part of this process if that is felt necessary.

You can of course also contact our independent Patient Advisory Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 9177159.

Best regards

Dr Derek Tracy
Associate Clinical Director

Once again I have heard from a family in Bexley who have not been able to access help and support for their child via CAMHS and have been told that their child "does not meet the criteria". I was told the same for my child.

Obviously your "criteria" is not understood. If it was then GPS would not waste their time and money making referrals and parents like me would not be waiting for weeks (and some times months) only to be told that you can not help.

Dear Beverley

Thank you for taking the time to write a comment on the Oxleas website. I am afraid we cannot comment on what you have heard about another child.

We are sorry that Bexley CAMHS was not the right service to help you with your family’s needs in 2013. It is clear that you have many challenges to manage and we are aware that it can be frustrating and exhausting when you are trying so hard to find the right support for her and for yourselves.

Unfortunately, our CAMH Service is not commissioned to run the type of social forums children like yours need in order to understand and build relationships and gain confidence and self-esteem. It may not have been clear to your GP at the time of referral that these may be the most helpful ways forward for you. The purpose of the initial meeting at CAMHS is to find out if there is a moderate to severe mental health problem for the child and this is not always clear from the referral letter.

We are very sorry that we were not the right service for your family at the time of your referral to us. We wish you well for the future.

Kind regards

Stephen Whitmore
Director of Children and Young People’s Services

I have never been so badly treated and humiliated in my life and am still reeling from the trauma of being incarcerated on Shrewsbury Ward. I was admitted under section late at night in great distress. Once at the door I ceased to be a person. I am an employee, a parent, a writer, an artist and a musician, I like books and films and travel but to the ward I was nothing. I was under extreme distress on arrival, not one member of the night staff introduced themselves or offered me a kind or reassuring word. I was taken to the male corridor (I am female) and placed in a filthy room with extreme swear words graffitied on the wall. I had no treatment and did not eat or sleep for 5 days. I sat in one spot on a poor mattress until the psychiatrist released me on S17 leave. I now have a painful back and post traumatic stress. I cry all the time and am utterly traumatised from my experience. This is not how people with a mental illness should be treated in 2015.
A truly vile experience and one which did nothing to help me, in fact I came out feeling worse.

Dear Chris

I am sorry to hear of your experience whilst an in-patient on Shrewsbury Ward Oxleas House, as being an in-patient can undoubtedly be a stressful time for any service user.

The concerns you have outlined have been noted and the Modern Matron, Ward Manager and Consultant would like to meet with you at a date and time convenient to you to discuss and resolve your concerns.

As a trust we always listen and respond to feedback given so that we can continue to improve the services we provide.


Joanne George
Modern Matron, Oxleas House

Tel: 020 8836 6692/93

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