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.



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.

What to do if you feel you are struggling

If you are struggling with your mental health in pregnancy or after having your baby please speak to your GP, Midwife or health visitor who can offer advice and discuss/refer to our service if required.

You can also contact the Nottinghamshire Crisis line on 0808 196 3779.

If there is immediate risk to a mother or her baby, please call your GP, 999 or go to A&E.

If you are already under the care of the Perinatal Psychiatry Service and are struggling:

  • Refer to your care plan/crisis plan.
  • Contact us to speak to a member of the team on between 9am - 5pm.
  • Outside office hours, you should call your local Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment (CRHT) Team. The CRHT teams are available 24/7 and will be able to offer you immediate telephone support and reassurance to ensure that you feel safe and to help you manage your distress.

Grounding techniques

5-4-3-2-1: A simple relaxation or grounding strategy


5-4-3-2-1: Calming and grounding technique for anxiety and panic attack


1 minute, notice 3 things 


Leaves on the stream


Body scan


Dropping the anchor


Box/square breathing


Mindful breathing



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