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We answer this number between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday.
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Address: 1st floor, Becket House, 1 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EU
We are open:
- 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
- 8am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
The King's Health Partners homeless health team supports patients experiencing homelessness.
We help patients who are attending or admitted to:
- Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
- King's College Hospital
- South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Our team includes:
- housing workers
- specialist nurses
- occupational therapists
- social workers
We have partnered with Southwark Law Centre to help people who are homeless achieve more stable lives, and in turn become healthier. The service gives legal advice to patients to help resolve house, immigration and benefits problems.
Please watch our homeless patients legal advocacy film to find out more about the service.
The homeless patients legal advocacy service – transcript
We encounter a lot of homeless patients who struggle with homelessness as a result of immigration issues or benefit issues.
Often many homeless people have got tri mobility where there are physical health issues as well as mental health issues and they are not able to engage by themselves to be able to resolve such matters when they are struggling with homelessness.
They need someone to advocate for, to represent them and to support them properly to be able to engage in hospital and in their community at the same time.
It is an amazing project that gives me a sense of fulfillment.
My name is Van Ferguson I am an immigration solicitor working for Southwark Law Centre.
Unfortunately these groups of people we interact with quite a lot in the project happen to only engage with these services when they're very, very unwell and therefore the need to assist them is even greater for them.
We can point to case studies we've got where those people have now been able to secure accommodation long term and be recognised as people in need of support and care.
We've been able to regularise their status so they can actually access mainstream support and be properly supported through it.
I think for a lot of those people it can be a little bit of life and death, whether those people engage with our service or not.
That's how important it is, and it feels sometimes that the law centre acts as a another emergency service or another A&E department, as we work with the hospital teams, as we are all under time pressures, and we all have to work to the vulnerabilities of each client which can be quite extreme.
We help homeless people leave hospital as safely as possible. We aim to prevent re-admissions and improve long-term health. We can put homeless people in touch with:
- primary care services
- mental health services
- addictions support
- support with medicines
- screening services
- vaccination services
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