Physical Health Psychology Service
Being diagnosed and living with a physical health problem can affect people in very different ways. While some may find coping with physical health diagnoses has little impact on day to day life, others may find it has turned their lives upside down.
It is common to feel upset or worried when you are told that you have a medical problem which may need treatment.
Psychology can help with adjustment, mood and coping, and can also help manage physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, or sleeping difficulties.
The Physical Health Psychology Service is designed to provide psychological support to individuals with physical health problems. Services may be provided individually or on a group basis.
The service currently sees people who attend the following services: Cancer, Haematology, Diabetes, Renal, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Neurology and Pain Management.
Our team is made up of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Associate Psychologists and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, who work within the different medical specialisms.
Dr. Mary Dooher is Clinical Lead for the team.
The Physical Health Psychology Teams are based at:
Physical Health Psychology Service, Agnes Jones House, Altnagelvin Hospital.
Physical Health Psychology Service, Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.
The Omagh team also provide outreach to South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.
Who can make a referral?
Cancer and Diabetes: Any member of your healthcare team or GP practice
Respiratory, Rheumatology, Renal, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology : Any member of your specialist healthcare team – GP referrals are not accepted .
Pain Management Programme: Referrals should be directed to the Pain Management Programme, run by the Pain Service.
Professionals- please contact us for referral form and guidelines.
Referrals should be posted where possible. If you are emailing a referral, you must ensure that the form is sent as an encrypted attachment to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
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