What is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has trained and qualified in psychiatry. Psychiatrists can prescribe and review medications, unlike psychologists and psychotherapists. Some psychiatrists have undertaken training in psychological therapies in addition to their psychiatric training. However, not all psychiatrists will have undertaken this training and so may not be able to offer ongoing psychotherapeutic treatment.
What can the Tuke Centre’s Psychiatrists offer?
There are four psychiatrists working at the Tuke Centre:
Dr Thomas Elanjithara – General psychiatry with a specialism in ADHD
Dr Andrea Brown – Specialises in Eating Disorders
Dr Melanie Temple – General psychiatry with a specialism in Complex Trauma
Dr Jostein Ronas – General psychiatry
They can diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions, conduct psychiatric assessments, review and prescribe medication and provide psychiatric reports.
They are supported by a medical secretary, Sue Edwards, who deals with all appointments and any queries.
How can I access the Psychiatry Service at the Tuke Centre?
- We require a letter of referral from your GP or other healthcare professional.
- The letter should be sent or faxed together with additional information such as Psychiatric Reports, Social Care Reports and Structured Risk Assessments.
- Once a referral from your GP or other professional is received, we will acknowledge the referral by the end of the next working day.
- The referral will be forwarded to the medical secretary, who will arrange an assessment appointment with an appropriate consultant.
- If you think you do need a psychiatrist and would like to talk about access then you can call us on 01904 430370 and ask to speak to the Medical Secretary, Sue Edwards. Or just visit your GP and request a referral.
- Psychiatric services are more expensive than our other services – fees start at £125 for a 30 minute medication review.