Coronavirus: Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th March 2020.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to relieve pressure on mental health services as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 24 March 2020

Mental health providers are looking at how they can maximise the use of digital and virtual channels to keep delivering support and manage the impact of self-isolation on staff and patients. For example, where it is not possible to carry out home visits (e.g. because a patient may be self-isolating due to symptoms of COVID-19), care contacts may need to take place on the phone or through video consultation.

NHSX guidance has been published to support their use. As well as tools such as Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime, there are also products designed specifically for health and mental health.

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