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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Our response to Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.

This page will give you updated information and guidance about Coronavirus.

All of the NHS, including BSMHFT is well prepared to deal with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

We are here to help and offer support throughout it and our staff are skilled in looking after you.

There are many questions people will have and most are covered in the National guidance which can be accessed below.

However we have had to make some changes to protect our patients and staff and the details for our services are outlined below.

Over the next few weeks we may make changes to services and to patient care. We will only do this to protect essential NHS Services so that the whole NHS System works together to protect those whose need is greatest.

Please talk to our staff about this advice or about your worries.

Please note: We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus, therefore when attending your appointment, it is important that you wear a face mask or face covering at all times.

This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and our staff. Can patients also come for their appointments alone where possible, to further reduce the risk of any infection being spread. 

If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, can you please contact your local team so we can rebook a video appointment for you and ensure safety for all concerned.

In the absence of national guidance, we have agreed our local position in relation to Mental Health assessments and use of video technology. An agreement has been drawn up between us and Birmingham City Council stating that where possible Mental Health Act assessments should be done face by face. In very exceptional circumstances assessments using video technology can be carried out but this must be agreed by the patient, the clinician and the AMHP. 

MH Support During COVID19
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Coronavirus Service Updates
National Information
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