Accessing the service

Your midwife, GP, health visitor or other healthcare professional can refer you, or you can refer yourself by contacting the appropriate team on the numbers below:

We are open 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Outside of office hours there is an answerphone. Please leave a message including your name and contact number and someone from the team will return your call. We request you do not leave messages for urgent referrals on the answerphone.

If your referral is urgent and out of office hours we recommend you contact your out of hours GP surgery service.

Why have I 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.

I’ve been referred, what happens next?

We will usually either send you a letter with an appointment date or ask you to contact us by phone to make an appointment.

We will see you where you usually attend your maternity appointments. We ask that you bring your maternity record with you at your first appointment. However some assessments are completed in your home if you are postnatal.

With your agreement we work with your partner and family members and are available to answer any questions or concerns.