Psycho-oncology for Adult Mental Health Service
What Does Our Service Do?
The Leicestershire Psycho-oncology Service provides a service to people in Leicestershire and Rutland who are living with cancer. We are a very down-to-earth service that looks at some of the emotional difficulties people face following a diagnosis of any form of cancer, (including lymphoma, leukaemia, myeloma and melanoma).
We are very used to helping people who are depressed after a diagnosis of cancer but we deal with many other problems including, persistent distress, severe anxiety, anger, suicidal thoughts, communication problems, adapting to lifestyle change, body image worries and low self-esteem.
How Does Our Service Work?
Our service is run by experienced mental health professionals including,
Dr Alex Mitchell Consultant Psychiatrist
Chris Coggan Senior Nurse Practioner
Sue Todd Dual Qualified Nurse Practitioner
Julia Middleton Associate Specialist in Psychiatry
The administration side of Psycho-oncology is run by our PA Hannah Plowright.
We also have close links with medial psychology. Occasionally medical and nurse students and researchers work with us.
We offer a range of treatments and always try and find the best one for you. Each treatment will only be given with your agreement and you can stop treatment if it does not suit you. We will not give you any treatment which interferes with your medical treatment.
Treatments that may be recommended include, emotional support, face to face talking therapy, graded activity planning, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), antidepressants, group therapy, tailored information, relaxation programmes and telephone support.
Our Service is delivered from:
- Outpatient Department Clinic, Osborne Building, LRI
- Patients’ homes
- Day Centres
- LOROS Hospice
- Inpatient wards at Leicester Hospitals
How Can You Access Our Service?
To access our service you can:
- Speak to your GP
- Speak to any other healthcare professional involved in your care, including your cancer specialist or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
The Service can be contacted by phone on 0116 295 4562 or Fax Number 0116 295 4571. Our address is:
Department of Psycho-oncology
Leicester General Hospital
How Did We Do?
If you would like to make any comments or raise any queries about our Service then please complete our online questionnaire.