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Specialist community perinatal screening clinic: service evaluation

  • Rakesh Magon (a1) and Ruth White (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

To identify the outcomes of patients in the obstetric screening clinic. In 2 years, 180 women were referred by midwives to a clinic run by specialist community perinatal team. ‘Ultra-high risk’ patients were identified. There were four outcome measures predicated on level of care.

Results

Of those referred, 69 women were managed in primary care/generic community mental health teams, 90 by specialist perinatal team and 21 did not attend; 23 women were ultra-high risk. The majority of the ultra-high risk patients required treatment with specialist teams.

Clinical implications

Specialist community perinatal screening clinics are successful at identifying those at high risk of developing mental health problems. Ultra-high risk women needed a higher level of service. High morbidity in women who fail to attend the services demands more assertive follow-up. Cumulative personal and family history is an important risk factor.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Rahesh Magon (rakesh.magon@hertspartsft.nhs.uk)
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Specialist community perinatal screening clinic: service evaluation

  • Rakesh Magon (a1) and Ruth White (a2)
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