Treatment team

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About the service

The North Kirklees treatment team provides treatment clinics for patients taking the drugs clozapine, lithium, and long-acting antipsychotics.

The clozapine clinic operates on Mondays. Patients have a sample of blood taken which is then tested to see if they are able to continue with their treatment.

Patients also have a physical assessment which checks things such as their blood pressure, pulse, temperature, weight and any side effects they may be experiencing at each appointment.

The lithium clinic operates on a Tuesday morning. A blood sample is taken and sent to a pathology laboratory for testing. A physical assessment is also done at this appointment.

Depot clinics – where patients come for treatment of an injection of a slow release antipsychotic – operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on Priestley unit at Dewsbury and District Hospital and on Wednesday mornings at Cleckheaton Health Centre.

The service also provides wellbeing appointments which run throughout the week to fit in with the clinical need. These can be for patients’ annual health checks, for referrals for specific health issues, or for patients who have begun taking anti-psychotics and require monitoring.

Why would someone choose the service?

Service users within the North Kirklees area who take medication prescribed by the Trust come to the clinic for this specialist service which is not provided in GP surgeries.

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