NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has welcomed the publication of an extremely positive report on the staff and environment provided to patients in the dedicated Mother and Baby unit at Leverndale Hospital.
The unit offers care to women in late stages of pregnancy and up to one year postnatal who are experiencing severe mental illness.
Maintaining this contact is critical to the wellbeing of both mother and baby as it not only aids the mother’s recovery but also strengthens the mother-infant relationship and infant development.
The report, published by the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) following a visit to the unit, provides feedback from patients and staff. All the patients who spoke to the MWC told them that they found the ward a safe and welcoming environment and that they found staff to be both professional and courteous while offering the necessary support for them to care for their baby.
The MWC found that there was a strong multidisciplinary approach to the unit with a range of input from medical and nursing staff to social work, psychology, physiotherapy, dietetics and occupational therapy.
There were regular visits to the unit from pharmacy staff who provide valuable advice on prescribing not only for the mums but any prescriptions for the babies.
The report was also positive about the environment in the unit which was welcoming with very calm and quiet ward areas, but also provided a private garden and recreational areas where mums and babies can spend time together.
Dr Roch Cantwell, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the unit, said: “The team at the unit are delighted that the Mental Welfare Commission recognises the work we do to support new mums who are experiencing a very difficult and traumatic time having just given birth to their babies.
“As well as providing care and treatment we also want them to feel safe and secure in the unit and again this was highlighted in the report.”
To read the full report visit: https://www.mwcscot.org.uk/media/431433/Leverndale%20Hospital,%20Mother%20and%20baby%20Unit,%2023%20May%202018.pdf
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