What to do in an emergency
If there’s an emergency or you’re worried about the person you care for during office hours, the first place to ring is your GP.
Alternatively, or if your GP surgery is closed, you can visit your local accident and emergency department, call The Samaritans on 116 123 or use the 24-hour mental health telephone support line run by South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. The line is for anyone who needs advice, help and assistance while in crisis or facing difficulties dealing with mental illness. They can be contacted on 0800 731 2864 option 1.
You can find more advice on the South London and Maudsley crisis support page.
Going to hospital
There is a 24 hour Accident and Emergency psychiatric liaison service at St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital:
St Thomas Hospital Accident and Emergency Department
Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH
King’s College Hospital Accident and Emergency Department
Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
Community Mental Health Teams
If you are already being seen by the community mental health team you can call them and ask for the duty desk.
Assessment and Treatment Service (North Lambeth)
332 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA.
T: 020 3228 6940
Assessment and Treatment Service (South Lambeth)
380 Streatham High Road, London SW19 6HP.
T: 020 3228 8100
The duty desk deals with any emergencies from Monday to Friday, from 9am‐5pm. If you’re getting care and treatment from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust please ask to talk to your care coordinator.
Other useful organisations and numbers
Lambeth Social Services: 020 7926 1000
South London and Maudsley mental health support line: 0800 731 2864 option 1
NHS Health Enquiries: 111
Samaritans: 116 123
Mind: 0300 123 3393 (open 9am to 6pm)
National Drugs Helpline: 0800 77 66 00 (also known as Talk to Frank), 24 hours.
National Drinkline: 0800 917 82 82
Carers UK Careline: 0808 808 7777