Priory has opened its first walk-in, high street clinic in Southampton. Based in The Avenue, Southampton, the Wellbeing Centre will provide therapy and treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, obsessive compulsive disorders and eating disorders. It will also offer child and adolescent diagnostic services for conditions such as autism and ADHD.
The Priory Group has invested £150,000 in the Centre which aims to treat up to 1,000 patients a year with prompt, appropriate therapy and is staffed by consultant psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists. The Centre is fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
NHS Public Health statistics show that Southampton GPs recorded 13,800 patients with depression, a prevalence rate of 6.6%, higher than the national figure of 5.8%. There were 2,758 people on Southampton GPs’ serious mental illness registers, which include conditions such as bipolar disorder , a prevalence rate of 1%, which is above the England rate of 0.8%.
Based on national figures, nearly 5,500 children and young people are thought to experience some type of mental health problem in Southampton. The Centre will also offer preventative work to schools and individuals, such as healthy coping strategies to manage peer pressure, and exam stress. In addition, 2015 research from Public Health England suggests Southampton hospitals admit higher than UK average numbers of adults for alcohol-related harm.
The high street Wellbeing Centre format allows direct access for the public, but the Southampton Centre also has a close partnership with the Priory Hospital Southampton, ensuring access to more specialist or intensive services if required. The Centre will also act as a hub for the South East, linking up to Priory's other hospitals such as Brighton and Woking.
With the South East currently the UK region with the highest employment rate at 77.9%, workplace stress has become a pressing issue. Southampton's two sectors with the highest employment include health and education. According to the Labour Force Survey, health professionals, teachers and nurses have the highest rates of work-place stress with rates of 2,500, 2,190 and 3,000 cases per 100,000 people employed.
Louise Orr, Hospital Director of Priory's Hospital in Southampton said: 'Priory's Wellbeing Centres have proven incredibly popular and valuable. In London, assessments of new patients more than doubled in the last year, increasing by 106% between January 2015 and January 2016. We are acutely aware that long hours and high workloads are common. We believe our Centre in Southampton can make a big difference, not only for adults but also for children where early intervention has proven to be very effective in long-term recovery.'