Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.

 

Visiting

Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Perinatal Mental Health Service

Perinatal psychiatry is the branch of psychiatry. It provides treatment and support to women experiencing problems with mental illness during pregnancy and following their baby’s birth.

peri meaning 'around'
natal meaning 'birth’

Pregnancy and postnatal period is the most vulnerable time for women in terms of their mental health. More so than at any other time in their lives. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women. It can present in a variety of different ways. Without appropriate treatment and support it can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman and her family.

The Perinatal experience

Having a baby is one of the most significant points in a woman’s life. It has huge impact physically, emotionally and socially. 

Many mixed and conflicting emotions are expected. Those commonly described including; happiness, amazement along with feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, frustration, worry, fear, incompetence, guilt, grief due to loss/change of identity and jealousy

The  “Emotions in Pregnancy” booklet below is produced to support families in understanding these changes, along with.

 

Emotions and wellbeing in pregnancy and the postnatal period MISSING LEAFLET

Being pregnant... Preparing to give birth

Being with your baby... Becoming a mum

 

 

 

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