The AIS response to COVID-19

Despite COVID-19, we continue to function and although we cannot do all the things we did before, we are committed to providing as full a service as possible to patients and referring clinicians. Currently, this is what we can provide...

Referrals

We have never closed to referrals and these will be reviewed, as usual, in our weekly team meetings. If you have any questions about a referral, or would like to discuss something, please get in touch.

Assessments

Although we are not currently assessing people face-to-face, we are able to conduct the assessment via videoconference (Zoom, Skype, etc.). This means that people can be assessed in the comfort of their own homes and do not have to travel. We are flexibly adapting our assessment process which means that it can take place over multiple days and people should not expect a full-day assessment (as previously). We are confident that this allows a comprehensive review of the patient's condition so that treatment recommendations can be made.

Intensive Treatment for OCD

Update (18 April 2021): From May 2021, we are pleased to be able to offer intensive treatment on an inpatient basis. Most people will still receive treatment via videoconferencing, but for those who do not benefit or require more intensive therapy, they can now be considered for inpatient treatment. We will discuss this with those who are likely to be most suitable.

The main therapy we are also offering via videoconferencing is a cognitive-based approached called Inference-Based Therapy. You can read more about inference-based therapy (IBT) here.

The team has experience in a range of treatments that can effectively be delivered online.

Neurosurgical treatment

It remains possible for people to travel to London for surgery. We are in close contact with neurosurgical colleagues in London who perform the surgery so that we can make sure that arrangements suit each person, whilst keeping risks as low as possible. At the current time, it is highly likely that people will be asked to self-isolate *before* travelling to London and they may need to self-isolate in London (depending on circumstances).

Outpatient/ Follow-up reviews

For people who would normally be reviewed in Dundee because they have previously had neurosurgical treatment or received intensive treatment, we will be getting in touch to discuss options for conducting the clinical part of the review via videoconference. We are minimising non-essential travel and hospital contact so we are postponing the neuropsychological assessment and/or MRI scans until it is safer to do these. However, we hope that the clinical reviews will allow us to discuss relevant treatment options with the individuals and their local teams.