Camden Health Improvement Practice

Camden Health Improvement Practice (CHIP) is a specialist primary health care service for homeless people and individuals on the verge of becoming homeless. CHIP combines the expertise of our GPs and nurses with Turning Point's values and experience of supporting people with various needs concerning substance misuse and mental health. This enables us to improve primary care for the wider population in London.

What we do

We offer walk-in sessions at CHIP for individuals that are seeking general health care as well as mental and sexual health services. We also run a substance misuse clinic twice a week that provides specialist prescriptions.

Who we can support

We support homeless people and those suffering from substance misuse and mental health issues by providing personalised health and advice services to ensure the improvement of our patients' wellbeing.
Our services include:

General primary health care

• Health assessment
• Full registration
• (General health care)
• Vaccinations
• Wound care
• Blood tests

Sexual health services

• Hepatitis and HIV screening
• Free condoms during consultations and
• and at the reception area
• Cervical screening
• Contraception advice

Mental health services

• Referrals for counselling and mental health services

Substance misuse services

• Referral  to alcohol worker
• Referral to drug worker (who can prescribe Methadone after an
• assessment has been done)
• Alcohol and drug advice and treatment

Other services/wellbeing

• Chronic disease management
• Information about dental and podiatry services
• Benefits and housing advice
• Access to NHS on call service at night and weekends