Mothers in Melbury Lodge
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Bed shortage means ill mums turned away

New and expectant mothers suffering severe psychotic illness are often unable to get specialist treatment because of a national shortage of beds.

Melbury Lodge in Winchester takes mentally ill mothers and their newborn babies but the unit accepts people from across the south of England, meaning it is often full.

In Hampshire, about 40 women a year are diagnosed with postpartum psychosis but staff say many are unable to get the help they need.

Dr Alain Gregoire, of Southern Health Trust, said: "We're very conscious that there are women who can't get into our unit because we're full and are not getting the specialist care that they deserve, that the NHS ought to be giving them."

  • 16 Feb 2016