The MBU offers hospital admissions for women and their babies where a mother is experiencing perinatal mental health problems when treatment cannot be provided at home.
Specialist inpatient care for women with moderate to severe mental health conditions without separation from their babies.
Following a stay on the Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit, patients continue to receive support from our team whilst transitioning back into daily life. This includes 28 days of 24/7 telephone support from ward staff and 3 months of ongoing support from our Mother and Baby Unit Outreach team. The outreach team operates between the hours of 9am-5pm 7 days a week. The team is made up of senior clinicians, some of whom patients will have met during their time on the Mother and Baby Unit. They will be able to offer routine face to face and telephone appointments to support our patients with their transition back into the community.
Carers assessment, family support, couples’ sessions when appropriate. Family involvement with delivery of care. Extended visiting hours to support partners to have time bonding with their baby.
Women from age of 17 of child bearing age. Admissions can be from 32 weeks pregnant until baby is 1 year.
Telephone number (urgent)
If you are a service user, you are in crisis and need support urgently, you can contact your service on 01603 786745.
If there is an emergency and people are in immediate danger, call 999 for an ambulance.
If you are not a service user but require urgent support, contact your GP or call:
Samaritans: 116 123
NHS 111 (NHS support for non-life threatening situations): 111
For more information, see Help in a Crisis.
What to expect when referred
MBU will prioritise referrals according to clinical need. In some cases, we can admit urgently if information provided by the referrer suggests that it is appropriate, while in others we might need further information or specialist assessment before admission can be arranged. We are happy to discuss potential referrals or be contacted for advice.
Postpartum psychosis or previous history of:
• Diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder, schizo-affective disorder or other psychoses
• Moderate or severe antenatal / postnatal depression or anxiety disorders including previous severe depressive episode / postnatal depression requiring treatment in hospital / secondary care.
• Women in the antenatal period over 32 weeks gestation
Please see exclusion criteria on NHSWebBeds.co.uk
Community Perinatal Teams:
Norfolk and Waveney
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Get me out the four walls charity
Arriving at the ward:
There is free parking on site opposite the ward entrance.
In hours, please come to the ward reception. Out of hours, please use intercom to ward office.
We ask that you bring a supply of things you would need to care for yourself and your baby when away from home.
The ward can provide a list if needed.
On the ward:
All our meals are freshly prepared by our cooks in our on-site kitchen and menu plans are discussed with patients. Health choices are offered for both mums and weaning babies.
Visits are normally expected to be limited to no more than 2 people and last no longer then 2 hours. Please discuss visiting outside of these hours with staff and if you plan to bring younger children.