The Goodall Centre

Walker Drive

Bishop Auckland

Co. Durham

DL14 6QN


01388 640001


01388 661207


What is the access service and community mental health team (CMHT)?

We are a group of mental health professionals (doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers and support workers).  We work together to provide a specialist mental health service for people in the Wear and Durham Dales area. 

Most people with mental health problems get help through their general practitioner (family doctor) but sometimes extra help is needed.  This is when you might get asked to meet us.


What will happen at my first appointment?

One or two professionals from our team will talk with you to assess your problems and the type of help you might need.  We will ask questions about you, your health, life and problems.

You will also be able to ask us any questions you have.

The appointment is likely to last between 30 minutes and one hour.

At the end of the assessment, we will give you advice about what sort of help we can provide. We will talk about what will happen next.


I find it difficult to talk about my problems…

Lots of people feel like this.  We know it can be hard to talk about your life and problems but knowing about you will help us work out how best to help you.


Can I bring someone with me?

Some people want to bring a family member or friend with them.  Do bring someone if you wish.  You may want them to stay for some or all of the appointment but usually we ask to see you alone for some of the assessment.

If you have any other agencies involved in your care and treatment please let us know.


What information should I bring to the assessment?

Some people write down what they want to say or ask and bring this with them.


How to get here…

If we have asked you to come to one of our buildings we will provide you with information about how to get there including a map, public transport and parking information.


I may need extra help at my appointment…

If you need an interpreter, wider access or a hearing loop, please tell us.  You can call us on Tel. 01388 640001, or write to us at The Goodall Centre, Walker Drive, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 6QN.







Date last updated:

04 /08 / 2017

Archive date:

04 / 08 / 2020