Uned Gobaith is an acute psychiatric ward providing multi-disciplinary specialist mental health care to women at any stage from 32 weeks pregnant until their babies are one year old.
It is a regional unit in Tonna, Neath, that serves the population of Wales.
Women admitted to the inpatient unit require specialist assessment and/or treatment of a mental illness that is moderate to severe in nature. Mothers admitted during the postnatal period will be admitted with their infant.
The unit has capacity for six patients and seven infants.
It operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week and has capacity to accept admissions at all times, including weekends in emergency situations.
Women in the last trimester of pregnancy or the first nine months following delivery, who are suffering from an acute episode of serious mental illness including:
The Mother and Baby Unit is suitable for the admission of a mother under the age of 18 but the admission will be managed in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and social services.
Mothers referred after nine months postpartum will be considered for admission only if there is clear clinical agreement across the MDT that the objectives of the admission could be achieved prior to child reaching one year of age, and with particular attention paid to considering the risk vs benefit of admission to the child.
Referrals mainly come from the following services:
We are aware, however, that the first point of contact for many women who would be appropriate for referral will be their GP or emergency department, so we welcome referrals from these services.
If an admission is not required at that time, we would provide information on appropriate support in the community.
For initial advice on a potential referral, you can call Uned Gobaith direct on 01639 862370 or email SBU.MBU-Referrals@wales.nhs.uk
Following this step, you will need to complete the referral form below and email to SBU.MBU-Referrals@wales.nhs.uk