The Perinatal Mental Health Service (PNMH) is open to women who are registered with a GP practice in the Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire areas who are in the perinatal period (during pregnancy and up to 12 months post-delivery).
It is provided in partnership with the Humber NHS Teaching Foundation Trust and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
WHAT WE DO
The Perinatal Mental Health service is available to women who require specialist assessment and interventions for a moderate to severe mental health problem. These include:
- Moderate to severe post-natal depression
- Anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Severe mental illnesses including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar affective disorder
- Postpartum psychosis
- Severe self-harm
- Suicidal thoughts
Woman with pre-existing serious mental illness in pregnancy will usually be under the care of adult mental health services. The Perinatal Mental Health Team will either advise on management and treatment or co-work with the existing mental health team, according to individual need and choice.
Mothers under the age of 18 can access this service if significant perinatal mental illness dominates their presentation and they are likely to be the baby’s principal carer. In these circumstances the assessment, treatment and management of a young mother should be undertaken in collaboration with CAMHS and social services where a need is identified.
This service also offers:
- Pre-conception advice to women with a diagnosis or vulnerability to develop a psychiatric illness considering a pregnancy;
- A liaison service to maternity, primary care and psychiatric services;
- Expert advice to non-specialist health professionals;
- Assessment and care of pregnant women who are well but at risk of developing a serious mental illness following delivery;
- Women with a family history of serious mental illness;
- A serious and/or complex illness during pregnancy and the first postpartum year;
- Women with a pre-existing serious/complex illness who become pregnant
WHO WE ARE
Our team is made up of:
- Advanced and Specialist Nurses
- Perinatal Consultant Psychiatrists
- Speciality Doctors
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapists
- An Occupational Therapist
- A Social Worker
- Nursery Nurses
HOW DO I ACCESS THE PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE?
Discuss with professionals involved in your care such as your GP, Midwife or Health Visitor, other maternity services, who will be able to offer you support and refer you to an appropriate service. Alternatively you can request a referral to the service by contacting the Single Point of Access on 01472 256256, option 3.