New perinatal mental health service launched today

Perinatal team

A new specialist community perinatal mental health service has been launched today for women in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are pleased to extend our service, previously only available in Bromley, to women in both Bexley and Greenwich. Our service offers assessment and treatment for women with complex and severe mental illness during pregnancy and up to a year after child birth.

The team, who are based at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, include consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist perinatal nurses, a social worker, occupational therapist, nursery nurses and administrators. They work jointly with maternity, health visitors, GPs and social services.

Dr Sushma Sundaresh, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead at Oxleas, said: "We are delighted to have been able to extend this service to women in Bexley and Greenwich.

"We work closely with women and their families to maintain their mental wellbeing throughout the perinatal period. The team offers a range of specialist interventions, including advice to help women weigh up the risks and benefits of using psychiatric medication in pregnancy and guidance on breastfeeding. Together with psychological assessment and treatment, this ensures that women have the care and support they need to stay as well as possible to enjoy pregnancy and parenthood."

Referrals are now being accepted.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tel: 020 3961 3610 (professional line) 020 3961 3613 (patient line)

Email: oxl-tr.oxleasperinantalmentalhealthservice@nhs.net

Published on 28th February 2019