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.

The Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit

The Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit is an 8 bed specialist inpatient perinatal unit for mothers from 32 weeks of pregnancy with a serious mental illness, and their babies up to one year after birth. We are a regional unit for the East Midlands, however, as a national resource we can accept admissions from other areas of England if needed.

We aim to provide rapid and effective care for the mother’s mental illness whilst promoting the mother and baby relationship. We use the best approach to meet each woman’s needs and wishes to help them with a speedy recovery.

Based at Hopewood, our unit provides more beds than previously available in Nottinghamshire. It is one of only 17 specialist Mother and Baby Units (increasing to 21 soon) in the country and has accreditation status from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre of Quality Improvement. Our unit is named after Dr Margaret Oates OBE who worked for our Trust for many years. Margaret set up our perinatal services in 1984 and is internationally recognised for her services to perinatal psychiatry.

Staff and facilities

Staff

Our specialist and highly skilled team include consultant psychiatrists, registered specialist perinatal nurses, specialist perinatal nursery nurses and healthcare assistants. We also have a dedicated occupational therapist and clinical psychologist based on the unit and we have weekly sessions from a liaison health visitor and specialist midwife.

 

Facilities

All of our bedrooms are ensuite and spacious so that babies can sleep in the same room as their mothers, with room for a cot and changing table. Facilities for mothers and their families centre around a large, welcoming and homely communal open plan lounge and dining area.

There is also a quiet room, kitchen, with a separate area for milk preparation, nursery, sensory room, two bathrooms with full sized baths (one to accommodate access for patients with a disability) and a pram store. We have a private garden and being set within the grounds of Hopewood we also benefit from access to extra green space and the wider community.

What we offer

We provide a range of therapies to mothers and their babies alongside psychological therapies and occupational therapy sessions. These include anxiety management, relaxation, mindfulness, distraction techniques, distress tolerance and mental health promotion. We offer a programme of activities including colouring, arts and crafts, walking to local parks, cooking, baking, shopping, a newspaper group, manicures and hand and foot massage.

Our nursery nurses also run a programme of mother and baby activities, including:

  • baby massage
  • baby yoga
  • sensory play
  • singing
  • story time
  • tummy time
  • weaning
  • recognising cues
  • safe sleep

Local charities offer complementary therapies and creative therapies to enhance the mothers’ stay with us. We also hold a weekly peer support group, led by a former patient, which instils hope and recovery for mothers and their families.

We value patient feedback and hold a weekly community meeting with patients and nursing staff representatives, where we discuss issues and suggestions about people’s experiences and observations on the unit.

Take a tour of the Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit

Information leaflets

LEAFLETS MISSING FROM POWERPOINT

  • Patient and family info Feb 2020.doc
  • Admission Leaflet MBU 22.12.2020.pdf
  • Information for Partners Leaflet MBU 22.12.20.pdf

Get involved in your partner's and your baby's care

We understand that this is a difficult time for you and hope that you feel part of your loved ones treatment and care. There are many opportunities for you to be actively involved in the care package and would encourage and welcome you to take a part in this.
The following are opportunities and activities that you can be involved in:

  • Meeting with a senior member of the team to discuss your loved ones illness and treatment
  • Attendance at weekly ward round to plan care and treatment 
  • Attendance at the monthly carers group, held on the first Friday of the month on the ward.
  • Weekly completion of ward round sheets 
  • Weekly community meetings
  • Advice from our specialist nursery nurses regarding baby care.
  • Weekly input from liaison health visitor, who will then feedback to your own health visitor
  • Opportunity to see the ward pharmacist to discuss your partners medication 
  • Medication education
  • Fathers / partners stories
  • Action for post partum psychosis
  • Mama Baby Bliss
  • Open House attendance, Facebook page for Open House. Open House are happy for partners and families to contact them via email if you wish. Email openhouse@gmail.com.

 

There are many opportunities relating to your baby that you can also be involved with. We again would encourage you to do this to promote your bond with baby and become familiar with his / her routine. The following can be provided for you with or without your loved one. If you would like to participate in one of the following activities please discuss with nursing staff and the nursery nurses on the ward.

  • Practical advice relating to baby care including weaning and nutrition
  • Infant development
  • Infant mental health
  • Baby massage
  • Baby yoga
  • Baby singing
  • Baby specific art and crafts (baby footprints and handprints)
  • Sensory play
  • Rhyme time
  • Music sessions

 

 

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