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Health inclusion team

Helping homeless people, refugees, asylum seekers or those with addictions 

Coronavirus: health inclusion team update

Due to increased demand on the hospital due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are having to make significant changes to our services. This includes the cancellations of face to face appointments and suspension of group activity.

Patients

We have suspended all walk-in clinics. Where possible, we will be having a telephone consultation and in certain circumstances, a video appointment. Some appointments may be cancelled without a future date being arranged at this stage.

Existing patients

If you are an existing patient who has previously been seen in our service and need advice from the team, please contact us using the details below. 

  • Barry House: 020 3049 4733
  • homeless patients and general public: 020 30494700/4550

Our phone lines are very busy and there may be a wait for your call to be answered or if you leave a message on this number it may be a few days before we are able to respond to your query.

For any queries regarding your appointment or the contact details we have for you, please email:

GPs  

We are doing everything we can to support GPs and your patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you need advice from our team please use the current advice and guidance channels.

We would encourage you to contact our team through advice and guidance before making a new referral. We are vetting all referrals. We are not currently booking routine patients and so there may be a significant delay before seeing your patient. Please consider this before making any referral as our capacity to see new patients is very limited.


Our service

The Health inclusion team is a nurse-led specialist community team which provides primary health care level services for vulnerable groups (people experiencing homelessness, refugees, asylum seekers, people with addictions, people who frequently attend A&E and people who are street homeless). The homeless service is across Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. The refugee, asylum seeker and addiction services are across Southwark and Lambeth.

Our team provides a range of free and confidential services, including:

  • a full health assessment

  • screening for blood borne viruses 
  • sexual health screening
  • contraception advice including administration of long acting reversible contraception
  • cervical screening
  • routine blood tests
  • treatment for minor illnesses, wounds or injuries
  • advice on how to manage long-term diseases
  • advice and intervention for people who suffer from long-term pain related to traumatic experiences
  • health promotion for young people in homeless hostels
  • referrals to other services where necessary
  • care workers support for Refugees and asylum seekers
  • primary care GP service for destitute failed asylum seekers
  • street outreach (Southwark and Lambeth) health service in collaboration with the street outreach team for rough sleepers.
 
 

Coronavirus

Please visit the main Trust coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information.

Resource pack

Download our resource pack (PDF 6Mb) to help GPs and other primary care health professionals in their work with refugees and asylum seekers.