The Eastbourne Clinic
The Eastbourne Clinic is a specialist Mother and Baby unit treating up to eight mothers and their babies, suffering with postnatal illnesses, including postnatal depression and puerperal psychosis. The Mother and Baby unit provides specialist inpatient care to women suffering from mental health problems including postnatal depression, related postnatal illnesses or a recurrence of pre-existing mental health problems.
The Clinic's facilities include:
- A fully equipped and relaxed lounge area;
- Rooms with en-suite facilities;
- A private room for feeding and visits from relatives;
- A self contained kitchen with sterilisation equipment;
- Fully monitored nursery;
- A dedicated nursing team;
- Step down unit.
The Mother and Baby unit is set-up to enable the mother to feel that she can look after her baby in a private
and friendly setting and supervised to whatever degree is appropriate.
The treatment for Mother will be formulated by our multi-disciplinary team and in negotiation with the patient and where relevant
with her partner.
For a confidential chat call us on 01323 430831 or complete our online enquiry form.
The team includes:
GP and Health Visitor (attached to the Clinic) and a Midwife
if the baby is under 28 days old.
- Primary Nurse / Nursery Nurse.
- Nursing Team.
- Relevant additional Therapists.
our aim whenever possible to keep mother and baby together
to promote or initiate bonding. However, if safety issues
dictate, the baby can be cared for by our experienced Nursing
Staff in conjunction with a Nursery Nurse.
that postnatal illness, including postnatal depression and puerperal psychosis, can have a devastating effect on the family and so we offer joint or individual counselling
to key family members.
unable to invite partners to stay at the Clinic but do encourage
regular visits. We feel that this is an essential part of
the treatment and allows the transition from being an inpatient
to independent living to be less problematic.
The average length of in-patient treatment at the Clinic for
postnatal depression is about six and a half weeks and preparation
is made from a very early stage in liaison with community services to facilitate a supported and supervised discharge.
Referral to Mother and Baby Unit
The Clinic takes referrals from the NHS, GP's and individuals. Mothers and babies may be admitted privately by self-funding or private health insurance cover or through the NHS pending funding agreement.
For more information on referring to our Mother and Baby Unit please contact The Eastbourne Clinic on 01323 430831 or complete our online enquiry form.
Professionals can download our referral form here.
View The Eastbourne Clinic's 2013 Care Quality Commission report.
If you would like to visit our Mother and Baby unit or would like more comprehensive information, please contact us on the above telephone number or write to us at: The Eastbourne Clinic, 21 Grange Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4HE.
There are also many voluntary organisations who can be an invaluable source of support. These include:
The National Childbirth Trust,
The Association for Postnatal Illness
26 Avenue Road,
The Quality Network for Perinatal Mental Health Services works with specialist perinatal metal health teams to improve the quality of mental health care for new mothers.
Perinatal Quality Network
Recognised by, and listed with Axa and Bupa, and all the major insurance companies.