Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Information for GPs

Information for GPs and other healthcare professionals about our services, referral information and resources about mental health conditions and medication.

Access and support from us during coronavirus

We are continuing to deliver our services during coronavirus.  We have had to make some temporary changes to the way we do things, particularly in minimising face-to-face contact, but our teams are continuing to support people of all ages in Devon with mental health and learning disability needs. 

Making contact

  • 24/7 crisis contact – call our First Response Service on 0808 196 8708
  • General enquiries – contact our SPA on 0300 555 5000
  • CAMHS – call 03300 245 321
  • Referrals:
    • For existing or new patients aged over 18 - contact our SPA on 0300 555 5000
    • For CAMHS – contact 03300 245 321 between 8am-5pm and 0300 555 5000‚Äč out-of-hours
  • TALKWORKS – contact 0300 555 3344 or visit    
  • Medicines advice - contact 01392 675688
  • Clozapine Helpline -  contact 01392 675682 during normal hours and 0300 555 5000 out of hours.

Inpatient services
We are continuously reviewing our systems and processes for supporting inpatients who have tested positive for coronavirus, are symptomatic or may have been in contact with people who have tested positive or are symptomatic.   In line with national guidance, all of our new inpatient admissions are being tested, including those people who are not symptomatic.  We have identified inpatient testing areas in each of our localities and established one of our wards in Exeter as a dedicated unit for people who have tested positive for coronavirus. 

Emergency care
We continue to support the Emergency Departments (EDs)  in Barnstaple, Exeter and Torbay through the creation of Urgent Care Hubs for people with mental health problems at each hospital site.  People who have physical health needs alongside their mental health needs will continue to be seen in EDs


An A-Z of conditions and treatments, information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

GP Advice & Referrals
View the current helpline information for GPs or use the links below:

The aim of a Joint Formulary is to promote safe, effective, and economic prescribing in both primary and secondary care, providing guidance on locally recommended drug choices. In compiling the formulary consideration is given to aspects of effectiveness, safety, appropriateness and cost effectiveness.

Patient Information

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Social Care
Our Social Care Team work with the people who use our services and our community mental health teams to provide advice, information and support.


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For the general practitioner a well-used library is one of the few correctives of the premature senility which is so apt to take him.

William Osler

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