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National services

Adult services

National services

Adult services

National services

Adult services

National services

Adult services

Perinatal Service


Location:
 St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College Hospital, University Hospital Lewisham and Bethlem Royal Hospital 

Contact information:
 

Lambeth Perinatal Mental Health Team:
St Thomas’ Hospital
Call: 020 7188 6011

Southwark Perinatal Mental Health Team:
King’s College Hospital
Call: 020 3299 3234

Lewisham Perinatal Mental Health Team:
University Hospital Lewisham
Call: 020 3228 9354 or 020 3228 9358

Croydon Perinatal Mental Health Team:
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Call: 020 3228 0304

Mother and Baby Unit:
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Call: 020 3228 4265 or 020 3228 4255
Referrals: email mbunurses@slam.nhs.uk or submit through WebBeds at www.nhswebbeds.co.uk 


Referrals are accepted from:
  • Midwives and obstetricians
  • Mental health services
  • The extended primary care team, GPs and health visitors
  • Other services, for example, improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT), as agreed in local pathway
  • Any other professionals

Referrals for the Mother and Baby Unit accepted from:
  • Specialist perinatal mental health services
  • Mental health services (in-patient and community)
  • Midwives and obstetricians

Overview

The Perinatal Mental Health Team is a multidisciplinary mental health service for pregnant and postnatal women with severe and complex mental illness.

The team aims to prevent, detect and treat perinatal mental health problems. We work to improve the experience of pregnancy and the postpartum period for women and their families, as well as early life experiences for babies.

Women at risk of relapse in pregnancy and following delivery are assessed early in pregnancy to allow them time to consider the treatment and care options available. The Perinatal Mental Health Team works collaboratively with women, their families and other professionals to plan care during pregnancy and the early postpartum period.

The Perinatal Mental Health Teams work jointly with adult mental health services already providing care for a woman when she becomes pregnant. We work in partnership with maternity services, children and families’ social services, primary care and other Trust mental health services.

Our service consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, perinatal nurses, perinatal nursery nurses, midwives, occupational therapists and administrators.

The service works with women who cannot be effectively managed in primary care.