Ribblemere Mother and Baby unit (MBU)

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    Photograph showing the interiror of Ribblemere Unit. Its a bright room with big windows, comfy sofas and bright colours

    Welcome to Ribblemere MBU

    Our eight-bed mother and baby unit (Ribblemere) opened in October 2018 and is an inpatient facility for mothers with serious mental health problems to access support and treatment whilst remaining alongside their babies. 

    Ribblemere provides care for women experiencing severe mental health problems or who may be at high risk of becoming mentally unwell in the perinatal period, including very serious conditions such as post-partum psychosis. Ribblemere enables treatment and recovery for mothers while allowing their relationships with their babies to develop. 

    The unit is staffed by multidisciplinary teams across psychiatry, nursing and nursery care. 

    Ribblemere care and treatment

    We offer joint hospital admissions for women and their babies where a mother is suffering from a mental health problem, and appropriate treatment and care cannot be provided at home. The unit also accepts admissions of women in the latter stages of pregnancy.

    The exact nature of the treatment that is provided will differ for each patient depending on the nature of their difficulties, and is decided upon jointly between the patient and the multi-disciplinary team. This treatment will be detailed in a care plan which is written and kept up to date as things change throughout the admission. Some of the specific treatments available on the unit are:

    • Medical treatment 
    • Psychological Therapy including 1:1 and parent-infant approaches
    • Groups to help you bond with your baby
    • Infant massage 
    • Occupational therapy
    • Relaxation
    • Anxiety management    

    During admission mothers are supported by staff to provide as much care to their baby as they are able to. It is common for mothers to need a high level of support when first admitted and therefore may initially be a member of staff with baby at all times.

    Ribblemere Unit
    Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital 
    Preston Road 
    Chorley 
    PR7 1PP

    Reception (Primary) - 01772 520780
    Ward telephone - 01772 520781