Psychiatric Referral, Assessment and Management of Mothers and Babies Service (PRAMMBS)

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PRAMMBS consists of Andersen Ward Mother and Baby Unit, the Perinatal Clinic and a Perinatal Liaison Service operating within Manchester.

To make a referral to PRAMMBS, please use the Perinatal Clinic Referral Form.

Andersen Ward

Andersen Ward is a Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) which covers the entire North West. The unit's core purpose is to provide a consistently high level of quality specialist mental health care to both women who are pregnant and mothers following child birth.

Central to the philosophy of the MBU is to promote the mother and baby relationship within a secure and supportive environment while incorporating evidence based practice drawn from the fields of both peri-natal and general mental health knowledge.

The time around childbearing may make some women vulnerable to recurrences of, or new mental health problems. In cases of depression, puerperal psychosis and other mental disorders, the separation of mother and baby can create a secondary disturbance of bonding.

The unit provides comprehensive advice, medical and psychological assessment and treatment for women with previous or current mental health problems who have recently given birth, are pregnant or who wish to become pregnant. It also offers support and supervision which is tailored to the individuals needs to promote and ensure the infants safety.

The unit is run by professionals who have longstanding experience in perinatal psychiatry and work as a cohesive and highly motivated team. The team includes a Consultant Psychiatrist, In-patient Mental Health Nurses, Nursery Nurses, an Occupational Therapist and a Clinical Psychologist and also has access to Physiotherapists.

Mothers who are admitted to the ward may be experiencing maternal mental health difficulties such as post-natal depression or post-partum psychosis or an exacerbation of existing mental health difficulties such as schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder.

The involvement of partners, family members and friends is encouraged and the unit offers support and education for all who visit.

Andersen Ward provides facilities for up to ten mothers and babies including:

  • Single bedrooms with separate shower rooms.
  • Two nurseries
  • A dining area
  • A fully equipped milk kitchen
  • A fenced garden, patio and outside play area
  • A ladies only lounge
  • A self-contained flat

Inspiring hope and showing how recovery can be a reality

Head Up, Heart Strong is a film created for and with families affected by perinatal mental health problems. It captures the stories of six incredible women who have experienced the most extreme episodes of perinatal depression and post-partum psychosis.

Click on the image to watch the film:

Head Up Heart Strong film image


A video for children whose parents use mental health services

My Mum's got a Dodgy Brain is a film for and by children who have a parent with a mental health problem. Please click on the following link to watch the video:

Andersen Ward staff are available to discuss potential referrals or queries in relation to mental health issues and support within the perinatal period.


Contact details


Andersen Ward Mother and Baby Unit

Laureate House
Wythenshawe Hospital
Southmoor Road
M23 9LT

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Telephone: 0161 291 6829