Community Mental Health Services

The Community Mental Health Service consists of several teams in several bases across Edinburgh.
 
Access to the service for people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health is generally via your GP but may be through another health professional.  After assessment, your GP can choose to make a written referral into the relevant service and if accepted an appointment will be offered to you, in writing, within 18 weeks.
 
Appointments may be in an out-patient department, in your GP surgery or sometimes at home, depending on what is required.
 
Click here to see a leaflet called Community Mental Health Services in Edinburgh.
 
Emergency and crisis services
 
NHS emergency mental health assessment (same day) can be available through contacting the Mental Health Assessment Service on 0131 537 6000.  This is a self referral service and is based in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Place so you can contact the service direct.
 
Penumbra run The Edinburgh Crisis Centre and they can be contacted directly on 0808 801 0414 if you want to discuss a mental health crisis.
 
Other information regarding services for people who are experiencing mental health difficulties can be accessed through Edspace.
 
Information for carers or family members can be accessed through the Edinburgh Carers Council on 0131 270 6087.
 
Contacts and questions
 
Informal queries for the mental health service can be made through Clinical Nurse Managers:
 
Anne Langley 0131 537 6457
 
Mike Reid 0131 537 6378
Mike.reid@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk 
 
David Haldane (Care of Elderly Services) 0131 537 6378
David.Haldane@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Alternative contacts:
Karin Adamson/Colleen Thomson on 0131 537 6746.
 
Opening times
 
Most services are open Monday – Friday 9-5.
 
Some teams cover 24 hours a day and weekends.
 
Emergency mental health assessment is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.
 
Travelling to and using the services
 
The use of public transport is encouraged if at all possible as parking is extremely limited.
 
Please contact the team by phone if you receive an appointment letter to clarify best transport links.
 
Parking at the bases is very limited so please use public transport if possible.
 
Please let the service know in advance if you think you will have a problem getting into the building. 
 
Some services have ramp access and some have lifts.  Some teams have access to ground floor offices but not all.
 
We can organise an interpreter in advance if you let us know you need one.

 

Last Reviewed: 30/01/2014