Date lodged: 10 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access in communities to specialist mother and baby units that offer mental health support.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 21 November 2017
Action 16 of the Mental Health Strategy 2017-27 committed to fund the introduction of a Managed Clinical Network to improve the recognition and treatment of perinatal mental health problems. Recruitment to the network has been completed and it is now operational.
In its review of current provision, the network will pay particular attention to pathways into care for women who may live some distance from an existing MBU and will make recommendations on improving access where difficulties emerge. Both existing MBUs have put in place online resources which provide information for the public and professionals on accessing MBU care and what to expect if an admission takes place.