Psychology (Palliative Care)
Our oncology and palliative care services provide psychological support for patients and their carers.
This is offered in a variety of ways ranging from individual support, couples therapy, systemic work and group therapy. Both inpatient and outpatient appointments are offered at various locations including Walsall Manor Hospital, the Palliative Care Centre, Darlaston Health Centre and St. Giles Hospice.
Why see a psychologist?
A life-limiting illness affects the whole person, not just the body. Sometimes people benefit from talking about the emotional effects of their illness. Close relationships can become strained or altered by serious illness, and many people tell us that their loved ones and family are equally as affected by a new diagnosis as the patient themselves. There may be difficult decisions to make or conversations to have; sometimes the recommended treatments or surgeries for a life-threatening illness present a significant challenge in themselves.
Speaking about feelings and thoughts with a psychologist is a different experience to thinking things over to ourselves or talking to a family member or friend. As healthcare professionals who are not part of your day-to-day social life, psychologists are highly trained to listen and think with you about your difficulties in a confidential setting. Seeing a psychologist is not a sign of weakness or does not mean you are mentally ill. They see ordinary people who have to cope with extraordinary circumstances, such as the stresses and strains that can accompany cancer and its treatments.
This service is available for carers and their families, as well as patients. A number of therapeutic groups are run as part of a direct clinical service.
The Oncology and Palliative Care Psychology Team also provides a number of indirect services within Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust including regular consultations, debriefs for cancer/palliative care deaths which have been traumatic, teaching and training, and clinical supervision.
The service operation times will appear here shortly.
Darlaston Health Centre
Clinical Health Psychology (First Floor)
Dr Shradha Lakhani
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Sindeep Lehl
Macmillan Counselling Psychologist
Please note that the Psychology is not a crisis service. In an emergency where you are worried about the safety of yourself or someone you are caring for, please contact your GP, the Psychiatric Liaison Team at Walsall Manor Hospital (01922 721172) or the Mental Health Crisis Team at Dorothy Pattison Hospital (01922 607000).
Information on how to access this service will appear here shortly.