Liaison Psychiatry for Older People

We are a team of specialist mental health professionals who provide a service Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm in the general hospital (Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital) for people aged 65 and over.

What happens if you are referred to our service?

What happens if you are referred to our service?

A member of the team will visit you on the ward in hospital and speak to you there. We will ask about any problems you are experiencing and how they affect you.

We will discuss what support you feel you need and will look at options available to support you whilst you are in hospital and after you are discharged from hospital. We sometimes see people for one visit and can make a plan following that. Often, we see people again on the ward to offer ongoing support during your hospital stay. 

With your permission, we will speak to a family member or friend to understand their concerns as well. We may suggest medications to help you and we can offer emotional support whilst you are in hospital. 

When we discharge you from our service, we will write to your GP to inform them of the assessment and advise on any further treatment required. If you would like a copy of that letter, please let us know. 

What happens after I am discharged from hospital?

What happens after I am discharged from hospital?

When you have been left hospital, if you need further follow up mental health supprt we will speak about this with you before you leave.

If you are in mental health crisis, please contact the NHFT mental health hub, which is a 24 hour a day 7 day a week service on: 0800 448 0828 

There are also crisis cafés available, and you can find the times online at: 

If you are concerned about your physical health, please call your GP or 111 for advice. 

If you are in immediate danger please dial 999.