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Department of Liaison Psychiatry

The Department provides a service to the medical wards at the University Hospital of Wales, Rookwood Hospital and Cardiff Royal Infirmary, as well as to Holme Tower.  Patients between the ages of 16 and 65 are assessed as inpatients by the consultant and part-time Senior House Officer (SHO). 

A psychiatric liaison nurse assesses inpatients at the Cardiff Poisons Unit at Llandough Hospital.

A psychiatric liaison nurse assesses patients presenting to the Emergency Unit.


Inpatients are referred via a specific Liaison Psychiatry referral form available on all wards within the hospitals covered.

Physicians are also able to refer patients who are not already under the care of a psychiatrist in the community as outpatients. 

GP referrals are taken for patients who present with mental health difficulties related to medical problems, where these medical problems have been fully investigated. 

A second opinion service is provided to Community Mental Health Teams to help with management of patients whose mental health difficulties are being exacerbated by chronic physical difficulties.

A cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist sees patients who have been assessed and referred by the Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and SHO, but is unable to take referrals directly.

More Information

The Department hope to provide more detailed information on the Trust’s website.  In the meantime, our contact details are:

Room 222, Monmouth House, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, CARDIFF, CF14 4XW

Telephone: 029 2074 3940

Fax: 029 2074 3928

Email: Linda.allen@cardiffandvale.wales.nhs.uk


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