28 January 2019

BBC News praises Norfolk Mental Health Mother and Baby Unit on their efforts to end 'postcode lottery'.

Three of the ELFT Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) representatives from City & Hackney, Consultant Psychiatrist Olivia Protti, Lead Nursery Nurse Naomi Clarke and Modern Matron Justine Cawley, supported the new MBU in Norwich with the preparations for officially opening the service today, 28 January 2019.

The consultant for the MBU Norfolk is Dr Zeyn Green-Thomson, who trained in Perinatal Mental Health at ELFT MBU as part of a programme run at the Royal College of Psychiatrists to train Consultant Psychiatrists in Perinatal Mental Health.

ELFT's Mother and Baby Unit was one of the first established services of its kind. The collaboration between Norfolk MBU and ELFT MBU was described by Justine Cawley as 'a training session to answer questions and to encourage further thinking on how MBU works for all members of the Multidisciplinary Team'. 

The City and Hackney MBU leaders received positive feedback from the Norwich team on this collaboration.

The opening of the new service is particularly welcome  as it comes at a time when an increased number of women and babies will  benefit from getting the support they need locally, rather than travelling long distances post-natal treatment.