Grenfell: NHS figures estimate 1,694 people suffering with PTSD

Grenfell: £8 million NHS mental health response reached over 6,000 people

Monday, June 11, 2018

Some 1,694 people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire were identified as having an 'urgent need' for mental health assistance, and could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The NHS received £8 million towards mental health support services for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire for outreach work in the community.

In the weeks after the fire, staff from the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) made 6,821 outreach approaches, visiting residents in their homes, at hotels and offering services in local community centres.

A further 1,702 contacts were made by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), and the outreach contacts are still happening.

Some 110 staff from CNWL now make up a dedicated Grenfell Health and Wellbeing service for all ages, and services from neighboring boroughs are providing additional district nursing.

Doctors’ surgeries provided longer appointments, and say they have seen over 1,100 patients to date about Grenfell-related health concerns.

The figures were provided to talkRADIO after a Freedom of Information request.

Some 2,006 adults were referred for treatment, with 720 commencing treatment and 183 completing it.

A further 1,694 people were identified as having an urgent need and screened for PTSD.

Of the contacts made with children and young people, 521 were referred to CAMHS, with 356 screened for treatment, 188 commencing treatment and 107 completing it.

The service is continuing to engage with local schools and residents.

A spokesman said in an email that they anticipate the services will be needed for years to come, and have applied for extra funding.

Piers Thompson

Piers Thompson, who lives on the Silchester Estate close to Grenfell Tower, told talkRADIO that some residents struggled to access counselling in the immediate aftermath of the fire.

“It’s quite a huge thing to see a burning building, never mind a burning building in which some of your neighbours have died. You begin to wonder if we’ll ever recover from this,” he said.

“A lot of the kids are having difficulties, exacerbated by the fact their school has had to move to portacabins because the school was at the foot of the tower.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to move on from it.

“The four people who were in this house on the night of the fire, three of them are currently having counselling.”

“The NHS did come door knocking,” he added.

“There were people in the immediate aftermath of the fire who wanted some counselling who couldn’t get it. I think it’s much better, the people who wanted counselling have got it. But some people have hardly come out of their homes since the fire.”

The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Outreach Team can be contacted on 020 8962 4393 from 10am to 8pm.

Watch talkRADIO's Grenfell Tower: One Year On documentary above to hear more of Piers' story