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Community Perinatal Mental Health Service

We cover the whole of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and provide a maternity mental health liaison service to all of the Maternity hospitals. The multi-disciplinary community team is co-located with the inpatient service and provides care and treatment to the majority of women who do not require inpatient care.

What is the Community Perinatal Mental Health Service?

The Glasgow Perinatal Mental Health Service is a specialist community team that covers the whole of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. Our multi-disciplinary team provides care and treatment to women who are pregnant or up to one year postnatal and are at risk of, or are affected by mental illness. We also offer expert advice to women considering pregnancy if they are at risk of a serious mental illness.

We offer evidence-based treatments in a way that is best suited to you, your baby and family. Mental health problems are not uncommon during this time but they are known to respond well to care and treatment. We are able to women at:

  • maternity hospitals
  • outpatient clinics
  • home settings

Why have you been referred to the service?

There are various reasons why you may have been referred. Perhaps:

  • you have been treated for a mental health problem in the past and you are planning a further pregnancy or are already pregnant.
  • your GP, midwife, obstetrician or health visitor feels that you may be unwell and could benefit from our help.
  • there is a family history of certain mental health problems, such as bipolar affective disorder or postpartum psychosis, which can sometimes increase the risk of mental health problems after childbirth.

Who is in our team?

Our team includes psychiatrists, mental health nurses, nursery nurse, a social worker, support staff and administrative staff. We also have students on training placements.

How can we help?

Depending on your needs at the time of referral, you may be offered the following:

  • Out-Patient Assessment and Treatment

This usually involves you attending one of our clinics where staff will assess your particular needs and discuss options regarding any care and treatment you may require.

We will usually either send you a letter with an appointment date or ask you to contact us by phone to make an appointment. There are clinics at various locations. Where possible, we will try to give you an appointment in the hospital where you will deliver your baby.

At the first appointment we would ask you to bring your maternity record. You are welcome to bring a partner/family member or friend to the appointment, but we find it helpful to speak to you alone for some of the time.

  • Treatment and Support at Home

It may be helpful if your receive care and treatment in your own home. Our community outreach team can provide this. Staff from the team can work with you, your family and with others involved in your care e.g. your GP, midwife, health visitor or social worker.

  • Maternity Hospital Assessment

Occasionally your midwife or obstetrician may ask us to see you while you are on the antenatal or postnatal wards. They will discuss this with you before we visit.

  • Care Plan for pregnancy and the early postnatal period

If you are pregnant and receiving care from the Perinatal Mental Health Service, then your psychiatrist and any other team members involved in your care will agree a mental health care and treatment plan with you. This plan will be agreed a few weeks before your delivery in preparation for the birth and the early postnatal period. With your agreement, the care and treatment plan will be shared with your midwife, obstetrician, GP, health visitor and others involved in your care to ensure that you receive the agreed treatment.

Appointments with our service

You will usually be allocated a named healthcare professional who should be your main point of contact via the telephone number for our service. If you need to speak to a healthcare professional outwith working hours call 111. In an emergency call 999.

If you are unable to keep your appointment we ask that you give us as much notice as possible if you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment. This allows us to make best use of our clinical time. To cancel or rearrange your appointment please call us.

If you need an interpreter to be present during your appointment please contact our administration staff when you receive your appointment and we will arrange this.

Once you have been seen, we will write back to the person who referred you. Usually we also send copies of our assessment to your GP, health visitor, obstetrician, midwife and social worker (if you have one) - unless you do not give permission for us to do so.

Details of your care and treatment, including anything you tell us, remains confidential and will only be shared within our multidisciplinary clinical team (which includes health and social care staff). Occasionally, where there may be serious concerns for your safety, or for the safety of others, we have a responsibility to discuss relevant information with other agencies including social services who can offer help, support and protection.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the service, please talk to a member of the team who will investigate the issues that you have raised and get back to you. Alternatively you may wish to contact the Nurse Team Leader on 0141 211 6500. If the issue cannot be resolved and you wish to make a formal complaint, staff will provide you with information outlining the process.

Carers support
A carer is someone who looks
after a partner, relative or friend who cannot manage without help because of illness, frailty or disability. They may or may not live together.

If you would benefit from support in your caring role, local carers services can help. They can provide you with help and support regarding a number of issues, including: access to respite, short breaks, information and advice on a wide range of topics, emotional support and access to carers support groups. To find information about your local carers service anywhere in Scotland please contact The Carers Information Line on 0141 353 6504 or email: [email protected]

Information for Referrers

Accessing our services We accept referrals from a wide range of professionals. Please contact us for details on referral criteria and forms to access our services.

Advice line for Professionals to discuss patients is available weekdays (except Wed) from 9.30am to 12.30pm on 0141 211 6500

Community PMHS
West of Scotland Mother & Baby Unit
Leverndale Hospital
510 Crookston Road
Glasgow G53 7TU
Tel: 0141 211 6500
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm