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Suffolk Community Perinatal Mental Health Service

The Suffolk Perinatal Service is run by a consultant psychiatrist, two senior nurses and an administrator, who provide a range of support and interventions to women with severe mental illness during pregancy and for up to a year following the birth of their child. 

"One in five mothers suffer from depression, anxiety or in some cases psychosis during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth" - according to 'NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health' report, February 2016.

Our specialist service offers targeted help to new mums in East and West Suffolk with these complex mental health issues.

Age of service:  Young mums and women of all child-bearing ages.

The conditions we treat: This service offers help to women during pre-conception, pregnancy and up to a year of birth, who are struggling with a current or historic  mental health condition, which includes severe: Post-natal depression, Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, Anxiety or OCD. 

What to expect from us: An assessment is made to identify how we can support you and determine what treatment is needed based on the severity of your condition. A perinatal or post-natal care plan is then put into place to work with you to support your needs. You will be seen by our Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialists and an obstetrician, and part of your care may include support from a health visitor, children's centre, midwife, social worker, and non statoratury agencies, so that we can work together to provide joined-up care to support you and your family throughout your treatment, and can go on to enjoy a healthy happy life with your new baby. 

How we support carers, including friends and family: As mentioned, as part of your care plan we identify support networks through people who are involved with you and your family.

Our team also work closely with colleagues within the community who provide perinatal care, providing training to help them to identify and support mothers who may be at risk of presenting with mental health difficulties. 

As well as caring for people with conditions such as post-natal depression, we also offer pre-conception counselling to women who already have a mental health condition.

How do I access this service: To access our service you must be see your GP or a health professional who can refer you to the NSFT Access and Assessment Team - see referral section below for more details.

Who to contact

Wedgewood House
01284 719700 (For reception)

Where to go

Wedgewood House
West Suffolk Hospital
Hardwick Lane
Bury St. Edmunds
IP33 2QZ
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Parking available
Parking details
Yes, at Wedgewood House parking available at the hospital.

Where is the service located and what area’s does it cover?

Our service covers families from all areas of Suffolk. The venue where you recieve treatment and are seen  may vary depending on where you are located and whether you are based in East or West Suffolk.

Days & Times

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm
Time of day

Other details

Cost Details
None. NHS commissioned service
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

To access this service you must have a Suffolk GP. 

Your GP, Health Visitor, Midwife or other health professional can make a referral to the NSFT Access and Assessment Service for you to be accessed for our service.

Once referred, our team will discuss and prioritise your referral. We meet on a weekly basis to assess incoming referrals.

You will receive a letter or phone call to notify when you will be seen.

Age Groups
16-25 years, Adults, Young people
Service users involved in planning

Local Offer

Local Offer
Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Please contact us to discuss how our service is able to assist you if you are are a mother with Special Educational Needs or who has a disability.

01284 719700 (For reception enquiries)

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dont trust them Rated 1 out of 5
Would not trust these at all, wouldnt go near them with a 10 ft barge pole. They think they can just turn up do assessments pick any date and time even if your not on the mental health act. Intusive and interfering is all they are

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Review submitted on 02/05/2019


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