The Westminster Perinatal Mental Health Service works in partnership with Imperial College Healthcare Maternity Service, primary care community services including community midwifery, health visitors and GPs, Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT), Westminster Children and adult social care services and voluntary organisations.
The service offers assessment and treatment to women experiencing mental health difficulties during pregnancy and within the first year after delivery. This specialist care is delivered at St Mary’s maternity unit, your home or in local community centres depending on your preference. You are entitled to access this service even if you choose to deliver your baby at a hospital different from St Mary’s as long as you are a Westminster resident or you are registered with a GP in Westminster.
- Preconception advice for women with complex or severe mental health problems
- Assessment and care for women with mental health needs during pregnancy and for 12 months after birth (many women do not need to be seen for the whole 12 months)
- Advice on the risks and benefits of using mental health medication in pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Care planning for pregnant women with severe mental health problems
- Planning for the postnatal period to promote wellbeing and prevent relapse
- Identification and management of the impact of obstetric complications on a woman’s mental health
- Facilitating access to the most appropriate type of psychological interventions
- Advice and support on the mother-infant relationship
- Training and education to service users and their partners, relatives and friends, health and social care professionals and voluntary organisations.
Women aged over 18 years, registered with a Westminster GP or resident in Westminster can be referred at any stage of the pregnancy. You are entitled to access the service even if you decide to book your antenatal care in a hospital different from St Mary’s.
The service considers referrals from GPs, midwives, obstetricians, health visitors and other health professionals.
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except bank holidays)
Please note this is not an emergency service. If you are in a crisis and you need urgent help, please contact your GP or the out of hours urgent advice and crisis support on 0800 0234 650.
The clinics are located at:
- St Mary Hospital Antenatal Clinic, second floor, outpatient department
- Paterson Cabin, 16 South Wharf Road, W2 1PF
- Churchill Gardens Children's Centre, Ranelagh Road, Pimlico, London SW1V 3EX
- Queen's Park Children's Centre, 88 Bravington road, London W9 3AL
Bus: 204, 207, 27, 332, 36
Train: Gatwick Express, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway
Tube: Bakerloo, Circle and District Lines
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