More support for expectant or new mums announced

Pregnant women and new mothers across Essex with mental health problems are to receive more care and support, thanks to plans drawn up by local clinicians.

New funding has been made available that will see the creation of an improved service in north Essex and an expansion of services in south Essex for expectant or new mums with mental ill health such as post natal depression.

Mid and South Essex STP published

The Mid and South Essex Success Regime has published a “sustainability and transformation plan” (STP), which proposes radical changes in health and care over the next five years.

The plan is not yet final. People are invited to have their say over the next few months before the plan is finalised in 2017. Any proposed major service changes are subject to further national checks and formal public consultation in 2017 before any final decision.

The STP and a summary version is available from the Success Regime website

In summary, the plan is to:

  • Do more to help people stay well for longer
  • Join services together – physical and mental health, hospital, community and social care - to provide more care closer to people and help people avoid having to go to hospital
  • Redesign the three main hospitals in mid and south Essex to meet rising demands with the right number of doctors and nurses. By working together as a group, the three hospitals in Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend could provide some of the best quality emergency and specialist care in the country.
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