Updates & Info
Dorset Healthcare Trust has been successful in extending its contract to provide psychological therapies services for the people of Southampton.
The move was announced following a re-tendering process undertaken by NHS Southampton City CCG.
The Service will now be expanding to take over responsibility for the provision of the Primary Care Counselling Service, previously managed by Southern Health, from 1 April 2014.
The Trust has impressive experience in providing these services being one of the national leader sites to pioneer this work in 2008 across Dorset and then successfully winning the Southampton City Contract in 2009. Dr. Colin Hicks, Associate Director for Psychological Therapies said: “We are delighted to have extended this contract as well as taking-over responsibility for the management of the Primary Care Counselling Service. This is an excellent opportunity for the Trust to continue building upon the work previously undertaken, to ensure that patients receive a seamless transition of care, benefiting from our experience of providing early and immediate access to these important Services”.
People who self-refer via freephone (0800 6127000) or are referred by their GP, can expect to receive a variety of treatment options including guided self-help, using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles, psycho-educational groups, computerised CBT as well as more traditional one to one CBT and Counselling. Furthermore, people have a range of ways to receive these treatments, either over the telephone or in person, or by taking up our exciting new eClinic, provided by a ‘Skype type’ technology.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.