Perinatal Mental Health Service in Partnership with North London Partners Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service 

The service provides specialist perinatal mental health services across the boroughs of Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. There are five maternity hospitals – University College London Hospital, Whittington Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and North Middlesex University Hospital.

We assess women with a history of serious mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and psychotic depression. Those who have a history of puerperal psychosis are also supported. Advice is also offered on psychotropic medication during pregnancy. We will refer women on to their local mental health services when required.

Please note that we are unable to provide generic counselling.

Patient support services

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service has a multidisciplinary team (MDT) including consultant psychiatrist, consultant obstetrician, consultant psychologist, counsellors, midwives and a liaison health visitor and and a Perinatal Mental Health Nurse Specialist.

Where clinically appropriate women will be invited to an initial assessment in one of our outpatient clinics and a plan for follow-up will be discussed according to individual needs. We liaise with GPs, health visitors, community mental health clinicians, children's centres and social care to ensure women are signposted to the most appropriate support for their mental health needs in pregnancy.

Patient aftercare

Aftercare is dependent on the nature of the mental health difficulty and the availability of appropriate services. After the initial assessment some women may continue to be managed by their GP, others may need more intensive support and we would refer to an appropriate service.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Can I be seen by the service after I have had my baby?

    We have a limited postnatal service for women with severe and enduring mental health conditions. If you do not fit this criteria we will endeavour to link you in with local services where available and appropriate to your level of need.

  • How many appointments will I be offered?

    This depends on the clinic you attend and will be discussed with you at your initial assessment.

  • What should I do if I suddenly feel worse?

    Please contact your GP or if you feel you need urgent help with your mental health attend your local Emergency Department.

  • Who will my information be shared with?

    We always write to your GP and other health and social care professionals who may be involved in your care. Your health visitor will also be made aware of your contact with our service.

  • Should I stop my medication now I am pregnant?

    No. Please make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible to discuss the safety of your medication in pregnancy. It is important not to stop your medication suddenly as this could lead to deterioration in your mental health. Your GP can also contact our team psychiatrist for telephone advice about this.

  • On what days of the week are the clinics held?

    Wednesday and Thursday.

  • If my referral is accepted by the team, how long will I have to wait for an appointment?

    We endeavour to offer appointments as soon as one is available and this usually means you should not have to wait longer than 3-4 weeks between us receiving your referral and your appointment date.

  • Can I be referred to the service if I am booked for antenatal care and delivery elsewhere?

    We are only able to accept referrals for women who are booked for antenatal care and delivery at UCLH.

  • Can I refer myself to the service?

    Unfortunately we only accept referrals from health professionals. Please speak to your midwife, obstetrician or GP if you would like to be referred and they can make a referral to the service on your behalf.

 Consultants

Dr Lih-Mei Liao, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Lih-Mei Liao

Dr Lih-Mei Liao is a consultant clinical psychologist. She is the professional lead for Women’s Health Psychological Services and chairs the UCH Adult Psychology Leadership Team. Currently she provides weekly perinatal psychology clinics as part of the broader Perinatal Mental Health Service.

On the gynaecology side, Lih-Mei provides a range of psychological interventions for adolescent and adult women with congenital pelvic anomalies. Recently she has begun to work with obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives and advocacy groups to develop brief psychological interventions that target emotional and sexual difficulties related to ‘female genital mutilation’ (FGM). She supervises colleagues on the psychosocial aspects of their research and collaborates with her teams and external academic institutions on a number of projects. She has (co)authored over a hundred publications including care guidances.

Mr Seni Subair, Consultant in Obstetrics

Mr Seni Subair

Mr Subair is the lead Labour Ward lead obstetrician.

He specialises in labour ward leadership, maternal medicine and high-risk obstetrics. He jointly runs multi-disciplinary antenatal clinics with consultants in diabetes and endocrinology, psychiatry and an obstetric physician. He has a particular interest in complicated pregnancies and regularly teaches on the ‘advanced life support in obstetrics’ course.

He is Chair of the maternity services clinical guidelines and labour care governance committees at UCLH. He is a member of the British Maternal and Fetal medicine society.

 Contact details

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service at UCLH
University College Hospital
Women's Health Division
2nd Floor North
250 Euston Road
London, NW1 2PG

Patient enquiries
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3317 7114
Email: cim-tr.ncl.perinatal@nhs.net

GP enquiries
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3317 7114
Email: cim-tr.ncl.perinatal@nhs.net

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