BMA counselling and doctor advisory service
Any medical student can access BMA Counselling, regardless of whether you’re a member. The confidential, anonymous hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Counsellors are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and there’s no limit to the number of calls you can make and you can always guarantee you speak to the same counsellor.
Call our counsellors any time– 0330 123 1245
If you’re on placement and you’re struggling and want to speak in confidence to a fellow doctor, the Doctor Advisory Service might be a good option for you. Upon calling, you will be given a name of a doctor and the times they are available to speak.
This is a non-urgent service, so if it’s an emergency please get help from your own GP or usual medical adviser.
Doctor’s advisory service
The Doctor Advisor service runs alongside BMA Counselling giving doctors and medical students in distress or difficulty the choice of speaking in confidence to another doctor.
If you wish to use the service call 0330 123 1245 and ask to speak to a Doctor Advisor - you will be given the name of a doctor to contact and details of their availability.
This is not an emergency service and if you find yourself in such a situation, please get appropriate help from either your own GP or usual medical advisor.
Doctor advisors do not provide diagnoses or treatment, although inevitably any interaction will have a therapeutic aspect.
As with BMA Counselling, once you have made contact with a particular Doctor Advisor you may contact them as many times as you feel necessary and there is no limit on how long you stay in touch for.