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Mental health services in huge demand after Grenfell

By Jemma Crew

The mental health response following the Grenfell Tower fire is the biggest operation of its kind in Europe, a doctor has said, with numbers affected likely to exceed 11,000.

The unprecedented need following the blaze has transformed the Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) into "the largest trauma service in the UK", according to chief psychologist Dr John Green.

More than 1,300 people have been seen by CNWL and GPs after the fire, either for post-traumatic stress disorder screening or Grenfell-related physical health concerns. Health professionals in London estimate that around 11,000 people in the wider area could experience difficulties, though not all will necessarily seek treatment, while the fire may also have been triggering for others across the country.

Dr Green, clinical director at the Grenfell Tower NHS Mental Health Response, said: "I think this is the biggest programme there's ever been in Europe, certainly in terms of mental health. There's never been anything like it."

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