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women dealing with mental health issues before and after childbirth is set to
improve significantly thanks to a state-of-the-art perinatal mother and baby
unit planned for Poole.
The unit, at
St Ann’s Hospital near Sandbanks, is one step closer after Borough of Poole
councillors approved Dorset HealthCare’s planning application.
The site will
house eight beds for women suffering severe mental illness such as depression,
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar and post-partum psychosis after giving
HealthCare will fund the development at a cost of around £6.95million, with
work due to be completed in the summer of 2020.
Banovic, Perinatal Service Manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that work
can now start, and the new unit will help ensure Dorset women and their
new-borns receive the very best specialised care and stay close to their
“It will also
help them recover quicker, and be easier for fathers to visit and spend time
with their family while the mother receives treatment.”
HealthCare currently runs a five-bedded mother and baby unit at its Alumhurst
Road site in Westbourne. This has been operating for more than seven years, but
can no longer meet demand.
HealthCare Chief Executive Eugine Yafele said: “It’s unacceptable that Dorset
women might be sent for specialist care miles out of the area, and this new
development will hopefully stop that happening.
“I am extremely
grateful to Poole councillors for recognising the importance of this
development. It will allow us to provide first class care for more families in
their local area, which we know will improve their recovery.”
give careful consideration to the impact the new development will have on the
hospital site, environment and neighbouring properties.