Beadnell Ward Mother and Baby Unit – Patient Information Leaflet

Helpful information on Beadnell Ward, a specialist regional facility for women experiencing psychological and emotional issues related to pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.

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  • Introduction

    We hope this leaflet will provide you with information that you need whilst being at Beadnell Ward. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.

  • What is Beadnell Ward?

    Beadnell, also known as the ‘Mother and Baby Unit’ is a specialist regional facility which can accommodate 6 mothers and their babies (babies who are up to 12 months prior to admission). We also admit pregnant women who are 32-34 weeks pregnant or above.

    Beadnell is situated within St Georges Park Hospital, Morpeth which is part of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Who is it for?

    The aim of the unit is to provide inpatient mental health services to women experiencing psychological and emotional difficulties related to the latter stages of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood.

  • Why do I need to be here?

    You have been referred to the unit by a Consultant who thinks that a period of treatment in hospital would be helpful.

  • Arriving at the inpatient unit

    When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the care team. They will explain what will happen during your stay and give you information and provide you with a welcome pack. You will have time to settle in and have a look around your environment.

  • How long will I be here?

    The length of admission cannot be determined at point of admission as all mums have differing diagnosis and needs, also recovery does not take the same time for all women.

    Some women stay for a few weeks, others a month or longer. Part of your care plan will include periods of home leave to see how well you are recovering and how you cope at home. Home leave is to help the transition from hospital to home.

  • What sort of things can I do on the inpatient unit?

    There are a variety of social and recreational activities, such as healthy eating programme, relaxation, discharge planning, anxiety management, art groups
    and gardening.

  • Interpreters

    If you would like an interpreter, staff will be able to help you to get one.

  • Travel information

    Contact Nexus Traveline: Tel: 0871 200 22 33


  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
    • email [email protected] Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk
    • We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.
    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    – the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    – complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.

  • Contact details

    Beadnell Ward
    St. Georges Park
    NE61 2NU
    Telephone: 01670 501 869

  • Other formats, references and review

    Further information about the content, reference sources or production of this leaflet can be obtained from the Patient Information Centre. If you would like to tell us what you think about this leaflet please get in touch.

    This information can be made available in a range of formats on request (eg Braille, audio, larger print, easy read, BSL or other languages). Please contact the Patient Information Centre Tel: 0191 246 7288

    Published by the Patient Information Centre 2021Copyright, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
    Ref, PIC/404/0921 September 2021 V5 Tel: 0191 246 7288
    Review date 2024