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Help in a crisis
Physical health

People with serious mental illness can be more prone to some physical conditions:

  • Cardiovascular disease is four times more likely

  • Respiratory disease is four times more likely

  • Diabetes is five times more common

Research shows that the long term outcomes for people with mental health problems are improved if any physical health problems are also addressed.

For this reason, at the Trust we have set a quality goal to ensurea that all patients in contact with mental health services also access relevant physical healthcare screening and services.

This goal is supported by our physical health team, staff education and training related to physical health and wellbeing, and by policies and guidance.

As part of service user care planning, we measure blood pressure, height and weight, and sometimes do blood tests. If we find results are outside normal limits, we offer further actions and advice.

To help prevent disease, we provide education and information on:

  • Smoking cessation

  • Weight management

  • Exercise

  • Good nutrition

  • Good dental care

  • Improvement in general physical health

  • Sexual health advice

As with many other healthcare organisations, we are focusing on preventing pressure ulcers, falls and venous thromboembolisms (VTE), which are blood clots.

Leaflets are available on these and related issues in ward areas, departments and also through PALS.

For further information on any of these subjects, please talk to staff in the wards and departments or contact the physical health team:

Tel: 01603 421445
Kingfisher House
Hellesdon Hospital
Drayton High Road
NR6 5BE​