Our outreach service works with mums who are experiencing a severe episode of mental illness. This includes mums who might benefit from an admission to our Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) - Jasmine Lodge - and require additional support.
We can work with you and your family before, during and up to three months following discharge from an MBU to support your recovery. We accept referrals from 32 weeks of pregnancy until the end of the first year after the birth of your baby.
Our MBU is located in Exeter and the practitioners from our outreach service are based across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. They work collaboratively with other local health services to ensure mums and their families receive joined-up care, when and where they need it. Our service also includes access to a perinatal consultant psychiatrist, specialist doctor and clinical pharmacist.
A health care professional who is currently working with you can make a referral to us. This may be your doctor, midwife, health visitor or a mental health practitioner. They will discuss this with you before completing our referral form. We are not able to accept self-referrals.
We will respond to referrals within one working day and make contact with you to arrange an assessment if this is necessary.
If you are admitted to hospital or admitted to our MBU - and live in Devon, Cornwall or Somerset, a member of the outreach service will remain in touch with you during your stay.
We work with mums who require additional support in order to be cared for safely at home. This will be alongside other professionals involved in your care.
If required, we will support your admission to the MBU. You and your family are welcome to arrange a visit to the MBU should you wish to do so, we will be happy to show you around.
We operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays). You can contact us on 01392 539100.