Patients and Visitors
The clinical psychologist's job is to reduce the patient’s distress and promote physical and mental health. We help people who are distressed as a result of their physical health problem or where distress for other reasons makes it difficult to cope with the problem. Such difficulties might be:
Perhaps you have been told you have a problem such as Post Traumatic Stress disorder, another similar anxiety problem, depression, low self-esteem or finding it hard to cope with health problems. Your doctor or nurse might have suggested you talk to a psychologist.
Our patients are referred to us by hospital consultants and other departments and clinics in the hospital. We do not take referrals from General Practice. We cannot take self-referrals from the public. One exception is that people can ask for an appointment in the Genito-Urinary Medicine department, where there is a psychologist. Genito-Urinary Medicine means sexual health. Anybody with a sexual health problem can ask for an appointment there. This includes sexual assault. If you think this might be for you, look at the page for this department
Mr Alan Hassard
Dr Sarah Baldry
We do not offer help in a psychiatric emergency. For this kind of help, contact the Community Mental Health Duty Service on telephone number (01752) 434988.
There are other clinical psychologists elsewhere in the hospital.
For details of the psychologists in the neurology dept, please look at the Neuropsychology page.
If you have agreed with your doctor or nurse to talk to a psychologist, we will send you a letter to ask you to ask us for an appointment. Please phone us to confirm and we will send you an appointment. We do not send you an appointment until you ask us. This is to be sure you want and will attend an appointment. If you get an appointment and then change your mind and decide not to attend, please let us know so that we can offer that appointment to somebody who wants to attend. If you have to cancel the appointment on the day for any reason, please let us know. If you are an inpatient in the hospital, we can talk to you on the ward.
During the first session, we will ask about your view of your situation. This will include what is happening now, but also what has happened in the past. We may ask you to answer some questionnaires (please remember your reading glasses.). Clinical Psychologists do not provide prescriptions, injections or physical treatments. We cannot admit people to hospital. We are trained in the treatments listed here and will decide with you which is best for you.
These are the treatments we offer.