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S5W-05414: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 8 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government at what capacity mother and baby inpatient units at (a) St John's and (b) Leverndale Hospital have been operating in each year since 2011, from which NHS board areas people were admitted during that period, and how many.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 22 December 2016

Data on the capacity of mother and baby inpatient units at St John’s and Leverndale Hospital, and the NHS boards from which people were admitted, is not held by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government expect that health boards and health and social care partnerships (HSCPs) will deliver mental health care and treatment in a person-centred manner to meet each individual’s needs.

In its Perinatal Themed Visit report in 2016, the Mental Welfare Commission made 13 recommendations to improve the recognition and treatment of perinatal mental health issues. One of these, to establish a national Managed Clinical Network, was for the Scottish Government, which we have agreed to. We will therefore fund the introduction of a Managed Clinical Network (MCN) to improve the recognition and treatment of mental health problems in the perinatal period.