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Mother & Baby Mental Health Unit

Address: Southern General Hospital
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF
Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Telephone: 0141 232 7635

Southern General Hospital
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF
Tel: 0141 232 7635
Fax: 0141 232 7636

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The unit on the Southern General Hospital site enables mothers to stay with their babies while they undergo treatment for a range of mental illnesses, including postnatal depression and puerperal psychosis (a more severe postnatal mental illness). Staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of 24 health professionals including psychiatrists, mental health nurses, nursery nurses, a health visitor, social worker and nursing assistants, the Unit will improve the care and treatment of women from across the West of Scotland. Referrals to the Unit are accepted from primary care (community health services such as GPs), maternity and secondary care services.
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Community Outreach Team

The community team base is at the Southern General Hospital.

The Mother and Baby Community Mental Health Team is the first dedicated team of its kind in Scotland and is the only specialist team in the UK where staff work across both inpatient and community based services.

Staffed by a multi-disciplinary team that includes specially trained community psychiatric nurses, a health visitor and a social worker, the community team is able to assess patients and provide a wide range of treatments. These include medication and other therapies designed to help overcome problems such as depression and anxiety.

A full-time community nursery nurse has also been appointed to work with the Team to offer extra support with baby care and to help mothers bond with their babies.

The Team works closely with maternity hospitals and community mental health teams across the city and currently receives around 40 referrals a month from GPs, health visitors and maternity staff. It also acts as a source of specialist support and advice to health other professionals across the west of Scotland.

Mother and Baby inpatient unit

The 6 bed/cot mother & baby unit provides for joint admissions, where the child is under one year. Usual practice is that mother and baby are admitted together unless there are good clinical reasons not to do so.

Opening hours:

Visiting hours are

  • Mon-Fri 3.00pm - 4.30pm and 6.30pm - 8.00pm
  • Sat/Sun 2.00pm - 4.00pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Obstetric Liaison Service
The service offers assessment and management for pregnant women receiving antenatal care linked to Glasgow maternity hospitals. In particular, the team may be able to assist where women have the following problems: • Pregnant women with a personal or family history of bipolar affective disorder or puerperal psychosis • Pregnant women suffering from severe enduring mental illness • Pregnant women suffering from other significant mental illness