Early Intervention Service (EIS)

The Early Intervention Service (EIS) is part of Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.  

What service do the EIS provide?

EIS provides support to people aged between 18-65 who appear to be experiencing a first episode of psychosis or a suspected first episode of psychosis.

The staff at EIS are trained professionals and experts in assessing, treating and supporting young people in the early stages of a psychotic illness.

EIS can offer support for up to 3 years. This may include social, psychological and emotional support, as well as medical input.

What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is the term used to explain a number of experiences including hearing 'voices', having unusual and frightening ideas and a loss of energy or drive.

Psychosis is a condition which is receptive to effective treatments and interventions.

Facts about Psychosis

  • Around 1 in 100 young people will experience a psychosis in their teens or 20's.
  • Early recognition and treatment is crucial as it is significantly reduces the chance of long term problem.
  • With early treatment, most people will make a full recovery.

Early warning signs

  • Spending more time alone
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • feeling tense and irritable
  • Feeling depressed and anxious
  • Not sleeping or eating as usual
  • Losing concentration
  • Becoming suspicious and losing trust in people
  • Being occupied about one or two things
  • Saying and believing things that don't make sense

If you or a friend have been experiencing several of the changes listed, particularly those listed at the end of the list for 2 weeks or more, then NOW is the time to ask for professional help.

What should i do next?

EIS except direct referrals from Anyone:

  • Young People
  • Family members
  • Youth Services
  • General Practitioners & Primary Care Professionals
  • Teachers
  • Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT's)
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

Most young people are seen in their own homes except those who wish to be seen somewhere else.

How Do I contact the Service?

Bournemouth/Poole/East Dorset

To get help just call the office on: 01202 584336


31 Slades Farm Road

Ensbury Park



BH10 4EU

Dorchester/Bridport/Weymouth and Portland/North Dorset

To get help just call the office on: 01305 214500 (Bridport and Dorchester) 01305 21400 (Weymouth & Portland) 01258 450610 (Sherborne, Shaftsbury and Blandford).

30 Maiden Castle Road



Twitter: @WestDorsetEIP


Facebook: Early Intervention - North and West Dorset


For more detailed information about EIS please click on the Case Study below.


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