Perinatal Service (Tower Hamlets)
This is an outpatient service for women during pregnancy and up to a year postnatally who live in Tower Hamlets. For women who have a pre-existing or new-onset mental illness.
What we do
Our services provide specialist care for women with mental health problems who are pregnant or in the first post-partum year, or who are considering pregnancy.
Please note the Tower Hamlets Centre for Mental Health is a smoke-free site.
To obtain more information about the service and what we offer, you can contact us via the following:
- Tower Hamlets Perinatal Service: 0208 121 5425
Perinatal Psychiatry, Burdett House 1st Floor
Mile End Hospital, 275 Bancroft Road
It is not possible to make self-referrals, however, we do accept referrals from the following:
- health and social care professionals
- community psychiatrists
- health visitors and social workers.
Contact your health professional listed about to make a referral on your behalf.
You will be allocated a named perinatal mental health practitioner who will be your main point of contact via the telephone number for our service.
If you are unable to keep your appointment we ask that you give us as much notice as possible. This allows us to make the best use of our clinical time. To cancel or rearrange your appointment please call us.
If you need an interpreter to be present or require any specific support to attend your appointment please inform let us know when you receive your appointment letter.
Confidentiality and consent
When you talk with a health professional in private you will expect that what is said remains confidential. This principle is central to trust between patients and their doctor or other health professionals. Details of your care and treatment, including anything you tell us, remain confidential and will only be shared within our multidisciplinary clinical team (which includes health and social care staff) if necessary.
All health professionals are bound by law and professional codes of conduct to this duty of confidentiality to their patients.
Our service treats moderate to severe mental illness including:
- severe depression
- anxiety disorders
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- psychotic disorders and personality disorders.
When making a referral please provide clear information in paper and/or electronic format, to patients, partners/significant others and healthcare practitioners about the referral you are making, giving them:
- A simple description of the service and its purpose
- Clear referral criteria
- How to make a referral, including self-referral if the service allows
- Clear clinical pathways describing access and discharge
- Main interventions and treatments available
- Contact details for the service, including emergency and out of hours details
- To follow through on referrals and have a process in place that means no one slips through the system - clear communication”
- “It’s a fairly good service”
- “For who people seem to be caring and non-judgemental”
- “Prompt help by a specialist team”
- “The overall care package myself and my family received was truly fantastic. I found their non-judgmental common sense approach very helpful - having regular reviews also helped me recover psychologically. My sons have also benefited from the service, my eldest is now more confident and less anxious and I have been able to bond with my second. Thank you”
- “Thank you for listening to me, this is a big thing to listen to me”
- “I started off with being at my worst, I am not slightly better hence why I put 20% because my doctor does everything possible with my problems”
- “I am never going to be 'fully recovered' silly question. I've been dealing with mental health issues for 15⁺ years. Sometimes I get better then I relapse”
- “Being seen quickly definitely avoided admission to hospital”