New Perinatal Mental Health Service Available To Islands’ Women

hospital  nhs sign 2A new service aimed at addressing mental health issues during and after pregnancy is now available to women in Scilly.

It’s been launched by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust and is based in Truro.

But NHS spokesperson, Clair Leyden says women on the islands can also be referred to the service either through their current care coordinator, a midwife or GP.

Clair says if necessary the mum could be admitted into an antenatal hospital bed for an assessment on the mainland, especially if there’s an urgent situation.

Telephone advice is also available, she added, for non-urgent problems.

Specialist nurse Mandy Raywood, said some women worry about mental health issues they’ve had in the past, fearing they’ll become ill again when they get pregnant.

She said the service is also able to offer advice to women who are planning a baby and have concerns about their mental wellbeing.

The NHS has worked closely with the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust in designing the new service.

The Trust was set up in the memory of a Perranporth mother who took her own life during a bout of severe postnatal depression.