Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA)

Help and Support

Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, NHS- England North West and Lancashire Police Crime Commissioner have funded specialist support workers in hospitals to support victims of sexual violence and rape. Support is available for both staff and patients. The service is currently available across Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospital and University Hospital of Morecambe Bay

Staff across the hospital and community services have received sexual violence training and will be able to support you to contact the Health ISVA who is in the Adult Safeguarding Team.

You can also self-refer by contacting the Health Independent Sexual Violence Advisor directly. Please contact your nearest Health Independent Sexual Violence Liaison Advisor (ISVA) for support and advice

Service Availability:

The service is available 9am-5pm Monday—Friday. If it is out of hours and safe to do so, please send an email or leave a voicemail with your name, contact information and a safe time to call/email you back.

Getting help in an emergency:

If you or someone you are with, doesn’t feel they can keep themselves safe right now, seek immediate help:

  • Call 999 and ask for the appropriate department.
  • Go to any hospital A&E department.
  • Ask someone else to contact 999 for you or take you to A&E immediately.

If you need some support right now, but don’t want to go to A&E, here are some other options for you to try:

  • Contact your GP for an emergency appointment or the out of hours team.
  • Call NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct 0845 4547 (Wales).
  • Contact a support line, such as the Samaritans on freephone 116 123. They are open 24 hours a day and are there to listen.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:
Health ISVA Co-ordinator:
Email: bfwh.idva.isva@nhs.net
Tel: 01253 955148

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust:
Email: bfwh.isvasouth@nhs.net
Tel: 01704 705248

Royal Preston Hospital:
Email: bfwh.isva@nhs.net
Tel: 01772 523676

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust:
Email: bfwh.isva.eastlancs@nhs.net
Tel: 01254 732848

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Email: bfwh.isvanorth@nhs.net
Tel: 01254 512425

 

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