Our core purpose is to work with people and lead communities in improving their mental and physical health and wellbeing for a better life; through delivering excellent and responsive prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.
Our Perinatal Mental Health Service consists of an acute inpatient unit and two specialised community teams – one in southern Derbyshire and the other in north Derbyshire. It provides treatment for women experiencing mental health problems either antenatally or postnatally.
The Beeches, formerly the Mother and Baby Unit, is an award winning self-contained specialised inpatient unit based at the Radbourne Unit, on the Royal Derby Hospital site. It can accommodate up to six mothers with their babies. Women can be admitted from 32 weeks antenatally or postnatally with their babies up to the age of nine months, but in exceptional circumstances, up to one year.
Treatment is given by a consultant psychiatrist, psychiatric nurses, nursery nurses and health care assistants, with access to occupational therapy and psychology services if needed.
View a video about the Beeches, below.
Our specialised community teams serve the people of Derbyshire. The southern team is based at the Radbourne Unit, on the Royal Derby Hospital site, and the north team is based at The Lodge, Walton Hospital. Assessment and treatment is given by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a consultant psychiatrist, community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists (south team only), psychologists and a nursery nurse (south team only). Referrals can be made to the community team antenatally from the end of the first trimester or up to six months postnatally.
For further information about the referral procedure and criteria for perinatal mental health inpatient and community services, please see the referral criteria below.
Inpatient referrals will be accepted from:
By contacting either the secretary on 01332 623800 or the ward team on 01332 623828.
Women need to be experiencing one of the following conditions:
Priority will be given to women from Derbyshire, but out-of-area referrals will be accepted subject to bed availability. Unfortunately facilities do not exist to manage older children, but an open visiting policy is encouraged.
We would not normally accept referrals for women who:
On admission, a named nurse and nursery nurse will be allocated, who will facilitate an individual treatment plan and support package prior to discharge. The team liaises directly with any midwifery or health visiting services involved. In addition to this there is a link midwife and health visitor attached to the unit.
Referrals to the community team will be accepted from:
By contacting the Perinatal Community Mental Health Team using the details below:
South Derbyshire: telephone 01332 623911 or email to email@example.com
North Derbyshire: telephone 01246 515743 or email to dmh-tr.PerinatalNorth@nhs.net
Or by using the Universal Referral form, which can be found by visiting www.nhswebbeds.co.uk
The referral should normally be made in writing to the team. Midwives will have a standard referral template to be used when screening for mental health problems at the booking appointment. Where possible this should be discussed with the woman prior to referral. Referrals will be reviewed by the multi-disciplinary team and prioritised accordingly. We aim to see urgent referrals within one week of referral and routine within five weeks. We do operate a waiting list. Referrers will be advised of the outcome in writing. Weekly referral meetings are held every Tuesday in South Derbyshire and every Wednesday in North Derbyshire.
Referrals will be accepted:
Those with existing serious mental illness, usually schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depressive disorder, who require advice about treatments and the risks associated with pregnancy. These women would normally be already under the care of a Community Mental Health Team.
Mental health problems either arising for the first time or relapse of existing mental health difficulties. In addition women with significant disorders of bonding or attachment may be seen. Women who are already under the care of mental health services will require a CPA review prior to transfer of care.
Essential referral information for inpatient and community services
The Beeches has been nationally accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a second successful time following a visit from external healthcare professionals and ‘expert patients’ who are part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ quality network for perinatal mental health.
This kite mark, which lasts for three years, highlights and offers assurance that the Beeches is offering high quality care to pregnant women and new mothers who are experiencing acute mental health issues.
The team are now being visited on a yearly basis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists quality network. This takes the form of a peer review to ensure that the unit is maintaining the standards met and to highlight any service developments.
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