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Mother and Baby Unit (Bethlem Royal Hospital)

Phone number:
020 3228 4265 or 020 3228 4255
Hospital site:
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Address:
Fitzmary House
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham
BR3 3BX
Disabled access:

Yes

Directorate or department:
Psychological Medicine & Integrated Care
Care pathway:
Service type:
Adult Mental Health Services (National)
Treatment mode:
Inpatient
This service is for people who live in:
National (Adult services)
Summary:
This is a specialist service, available to people from across the UK.
We specialise in the treatment of antenatal and postnatal illnesses. Our service is for women who develop a mental illness or have a relapse of serious mental illness during pregnancy, and women who have developed postnatal depression, post partum psychosis or have had a relapse of serious mental illness following the birth of their baby.

We support the mother in developing a relationship with her infant in order to reduce the impact of the mother’s illness on the child. We offer a holistic treatment programme, and encourage the involvement of fathers or partners in the process. We admit with babies where it is the wish of the mother and it is clinically safe to do so. We are also able to take mothers without their babies, and offer a programme of gradual reintroduction to the mother on the ward. We also have an inpatient parenting assessment service, providing a unique and highly specialised service to local and national authorities across the United Kingdom. We undertake assessment of women or couples and their infant, where there is potential risk or safeguarding issues arising from the parents’ mental health problems.

Our team is committed to providing cost-effective, evidence based treatments that reduce risk, establish a relationship between mother and baby, and prepares them for a lasting return to the community. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, where there is a perinatal section headed by a world renowned expert psychiatrist, who leads many of our staff in carrying out research of international significance.

For more information about SLaM's national and specialist services see: www.national.slam.nhs.uk
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