Dementia Intensive Support Team (DIST) provides intensive support to patients with dementia of any age and older people with mental health diagnosis to prevent hospital admissions to both acute and psychiatric hospitals.
The multi disciplinary team work closely with community nursing colleagues and Essex County Council teams to support patients suffering a mental health crisis to remain in their place of residence by providing timely assessment, diagnosis and treatment for up to six weeks. This service is available from 9am to 8pm, every day of the year.
To be referred for this service, please speak to your GP team.
In the event of a mental health emergency you can access services out of hours by calling 111 and pressing option 2.