Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service. The team provides assessment and a range of interventions, and can also work with parents and carers.

Service Description

NHS Lothian CAMHS provides specialist assessment/intervention as part of a tiered system, which can include consultation and advice prior to referral, and assessment appointment to establish clinical need and priority status.

First Appointment

The first appointment will take about an hour to an hour and a half and will aim to:

  • find out what you need
  • give you some information about the service
  • think about whether they are the best service to help you
  • think about a range of options that may be available to you
  • give you some ideas to improve things yourself
  • come to an agreed plan between you and the team

You can choose who to bring with you, but it’s important that the team meets with the child or young person who is referred. If you have any questions before the appointment, you can telephone the appropriate team.

After the appointment, the team will write to you and the referrer with a summary of the discussion, initial goals and plan. They will always write to your GP even if the GP is not the person who has referred you. With your permission, the team can also write to school and other professionals providing support.

Additional Information

For additional information, please go to NHS Lothian website

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Young People
    • Up to 18

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Children and young people aged up to 18 who have mental health difficulties.


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Agency Referral

Referrals usually come from general practitioners, health visitors, social workers or from schools. They need to ask your permission before contacting us. You can also ask your family doctor or school doctor if you would like your child to be referred to our team.

By Appointment

This service is available by appointment only.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Eastfield Medical Practice
Eastfield Farm Road
EH26 8EZ

Provider's Name: NHS Lothian

Type: NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian.

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