Description of Service
The Psychological Medicine Unit at St Mark’s Hospital was developed to offer psychological assessment and management of patients being treated at St Mark’s, either as outpatients or during an in-patient stay. The Unit has grown substantially and now receives up to 200 new referrals per year, both of patients currently being treated at St Mark’s and from other medical colleagues treating gastroenterology and coloproctology patients throughout the UK. There is also a substantial commitment to teaching, research, and to promotoing a biopsychosocial model of understanding and managing complex medical conditions.
Patients are referred for an assessment with any of the senior staff members, and then may be offered one of:
- Referral onwards to local psychiatry or therapy services
- Ongoing supportive care
- Brief cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Location Within Hospital
The Psychological Medicine Unit is located in the portacabins, on Level 3 of St Mark’s Hospital.