Jan 15, 2019

Approval gained for St. Ann’s Perinatal Unit

A new Perinatal Unit providing specialist mental health services for women in Dorset and the West of England has gained planning consent. Perinatal mental health problems affect between 10 to 20% of women during pregnancy and the first year after having a baby. The new building will provide a modern and attractive setting for the treatment and care of vulnerable patients. It sits in a mature wooded glade close to the main St. Ann’s Hospital in Poole.

The design is crafted to have a low impact on the mature coastal trees, providing a private and dignified place for inpatients and to compliment neighbouring residential properties. On the ground floor it will provide accommodation for up to 8 mothers suffering from serious complex disorders, as well as their babies. Day spaces cluster around an open courtyard. Community teams occupy the first floor to assist with continuing integrated care.

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