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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 and as a part of implementation of the NSFT Physical Health Strategy, we have set a quality goal to ensure 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 perform physiological observation including measurement of blood pressure, height, weight, and do various 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.

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
Physical Health Team

First Floor, Conifers
Hellesdon Hospital
Drayton High Road