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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Improved mental health support for new mums in South West London

Improved mental health support for new mums in South West London

New and expectant mums in south west London are set to benefit from funding which aims to ensure that women in this part of London can understand how to access mental health services for themselves, their children and their family.

The funding will be used to expand the existing local service provision across the boroughs in south west London. A key vision of the expanding service is that every woman will be able to access appropriate perinatal mental health care and treatment at the right time and in the right location.

The news comes as part of a national announcement to transform specialist perinatal services so that at least 30,000 additional women can access evidence based treatment that is closer to home and when they need it, through specialist community services and inpatient mother and baby units.

The South West London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) led the development of the bid across south west London to Wave 2 of the Perinatal Mental Health Community Services Development Fund. South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has supported the bid by working in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

Dr Ben Nereli, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at SWLSTG, said: “Currently we have a small Perinatal Community Service that operates with limited resources primarily to women in Wandsworth and Merton with complex perinatal needs, giving birth at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We hope to use the funding to help us expand the service so that more woman in south west London can understand how to access services to support their mental wellbeing and the wellbeing of their children and families.”