Mum needs
Baby needs
  • Day wear / Night wear
  • Dressing Gown
  • Slippers
  • Shoes
  • Towel (optional)
  • Any prescribed medication
  • Money
  • Washing Powder
  • Toiletries
  • Coat
  • Midwifery notes (if available)
  • Day wear / Night wear
  • Nappies (disposable only)
  • Cotton wool / wipes
  • Bottle / Bottle brush (sterilising unit supplied)
  • Sterilising tablets / fluid
  • Formula milk
  • Baby food (if needed)
  • Bibs
  • Healthcare red book
  • Pram / pushchair
  • Moses basked (if needed)
  • Toys

Additional Information

We have two washing machines and a tumble dryer on the unit. We would ask you supply your own washing powder / liquid for your use.

All electrical goods brought on to the unit will need to be tested.

The Trust does not accept responsibility for your possessions and you will be asked to sign a disclaimer acknowledging this.

Please do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables. You will require some money for baby supplies and items for yourself.

There is a hospital safe but you can only deposit and make withdrawals in office hours Monday to Friday.

We ask that you bring any medicines that you or your baby use regularly with you to the unit. This will ensure that all the medicines you need are prescribed when you arrive.

Our hospital pharmacy will provide medicines you need during your hospital stay.

The ward pharmacist can discuss this further with you. You will always have sufficient medication to go home with.

Whilst you are receiving care on the Parent and Baby Unit mobile phones can be used. However, given that many mobile phone devices now have extended functions, such as camera and video recording capabilities we ask that you are mindful of their use in relation to the confidentiality, dignity and privacy of fellow patients and visitors. Equally, ring tones or music played via mobile phones can be disturbing to others and their constant use can be equally disruptive.

We ask that you adhere to the following guidance :

  • Keep phones on the silent setting.
  • Restrict the use of phones during therapeutic activities.
  • Take steps to keep the phone safe and secure at all times.
  • Avoid lending the phone to other service users.
  • Avoid using in communal areas, such as the lounge, dining room etc.

We ask that the following activities not be undertaken under any circumstances:

  • The use of recording or photography facilities on your mobile.
  • The downloading of inappropriate / illegal images.

In addition, ward staff will exercise judgment in allowing service users to use ward office phones when needing to communicate with relatives and other services such as community staff, probation officers etc.

Should you refuse to agree to and be guided by the above; the care team will need to decide if you can continue to retain your phone. Visitors to the unit are asked to switch off mobiles when entering the ward and keep them out of sight whilst on the ward.

Mental Health Perinatal (Parent and Baby Unit) Contact Details

The Parent & Baby Unit
St. Chad's House
St. George’s Hospital
Corporation Street
ST16 3AG

Tel: 01785 221560 (Ward)
Tel: 01785 221554 (Secretary)

Harriet Lambah-Heap, Ward Manager