Davenport House Surgery is happy to announce that they will be hosting the new Primary Care Mental Health Service locally on behalf of our local GP Federation StahFed (St Albans and Harpenden Federation). This is a new local service for patients aged 18-65 with a moderate mental health problem. The service is designed so that patients can access a prompt assessment at a GP Surgery which is local to them and not be stigmatised. We hope this will lead to less DNA/cancellations and greater patient satisfaction along with improved communication between primary and secondary care for mental health issues.
A Community Mental Health Worker will offer either a face to face or telephone assessment appointment and will develop a patient centred management plan to support and signpost them to other services as needed, including:
a. Mind in Mid Herts Community Support Worker b. Community Navigator c. Other services as appropriate d. Further assessment with Community Mental Health Worker for access to secondary care or a crisis response
Appointments are available at Davenport House with the Community Mental Health Worker Melanie Peerless on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Appointments can be booked via your GP or by self referral via our reception team. Please bear in mind that this service is not suitable for patients whose needs would be better met through Wellbeing Services, drug and alcohol services, counselling, third sector support or social prescribing. If in doubt, please ask.
Melanie Peerless - Mental Health Worker
Rachel Ifield MIND Worker
Leg Ulcer Clinic
CLCH, a specialist community services provider has now taken over the running of the leg ulcer service in Herts Valleys from 1 October 2019 and will be working with our local GP Federation (HertsOne) to deliver the service in a united way across all of Herts Valleys from that date.
The service is becoming a specialist service, run through hubs with specialist nurses, so as to give all patients across Herts Valleys equal access to an effective, efficient, and high-quality leg ulcer service.
We do appreciate that swapping to a new service, and a new nurse may feel daunting for some patients, but please be assured all of the new team are fully trained and proficient in managing leg ulcers and will aim to treat all patients in a holistic and caring way.
Davenport House Surgery will be hosting this service on behalf of CLCH until April 2020 with Leg Ulcer Clinics on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings.
We are delighted to be welcoming back Dr Anna Mallott in December following her maternity leave. Dr Mallott will be returning as a 4 session GP working Wednesday and Thursday mornings and all day Fridays. We are sadly saying goodbye to Dr Sonia Savla who has been with us for the last 18 months covering first Dr Kirsop and then Dr Mallott’s maternity leave.
Welcome to our new Practice Nurse Christina Harrison. Christina has 17 years of experience within an acute hospital setting and is excited to commit to the world of community practice nursing. Christina will be our Respiratory Lead going forward and is currently working towards her diploma. Christina will be working Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and is looking forward to meeting you all!
We are also delighted to welcome our new Medical Secretary Chrissy Vaughan to the team. Chrissy comes to us with many years of secretarial and PA experience and will be joining the secretarial team upstairs working Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.