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Psychiatry Liaison Service

Psychiatry Liaison Service

Contact InformationTel: 01 235 5125
How to find usOutpatient Department, Unit 6
Description of Service

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Liaison Psychiatry specialises in the interface between general medicine and psychiatry. Liaison psychiatrists work at the interface between physical and psychological health.

The liaison psychiatry service provides assessment, evaluation and assistance in the treatment of mental health problems across all NRH adult programmes. Some patients have a previous history of mental illness, others develop mental illness either as a direct consequence of acquired injury or in trying to cope with their hugely altered life situation.  Patients may be referred as part of a risk assessment if there is a concern there is a risk to themselves or others. Other patients may be referred for a medication review or a capacity assessment.

The nature of psychiatric illness in rehabilitation.
The most commonly treated new onset diagnoses in spinal cord injury patients are anxiety, depression and adjustment disorder.  For patients with acquired brain injury, challenging behaviour and personality change are most common.

Monthly case discussion meetings are held with neuropsychology colleagues. Joint assessments, where indicated, are arranged with other members of the Interdisciplinary Team.

Meetings are arranged with family members to provide education and support. Onward referral and liaison with community mental health teams post-discharge is arranged where appropriate.

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Patient Information

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If a Liaison Psychiatrist is involved in your care, this may involve:

    • Assessment and review of your history and a mental state examination
    • Review of existing medication and, if necessary, supplementing or adjusting and monitoring it.
    • Gathering a history from family members and health professionals if needed
    • Liaison with your rehabilitation team regarding a suitable management plan
    • Supportive psychotherapy sessions

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