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S5W-00597: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what specialist health provision it provides for pregnant and new mothers in Central Scotland who experience mental ill health.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 June 2016

NHS boards in Central Scotland are responsible for working with their partners to plan and provide specialist health care for pregnant and new mothers who experience mental ill health according to individually assessed needs and in line with published clinical guidance.

Pregnant and new mothers will benefit from referral, where appropriate, to the regional specialist perinatal inpatient mother and baby units in NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as well as work to improve access to psychological therapies across Scotland. We’re investing additional £150 million for mental health over five years and as part of that package we announced in January 2016 that £4.8 million will be awarded to Healthcare Improvement Scotland to establish a mental health access improvement support team.

The improvement programme will work in collaboration with NHS boards to deliver sustained improvements in access to child and adolescent mental health services and access to psychological therapies services.