"Not asked about my health"

About: Birley Health Centre

(as the patient),

I would like to highlight the issue of post-natal mental health care.

I work in mental health as a nurse myself, so when I developed post-natal depression after the birth of my son, I was surprised about the lack of service or system to highlight to other professionals, to check the well-being of the mother, while checking baby's weight/progress.

I received fantastic support from my community health visitor Glynis in Sheffield - although when I visited the GP surgery for a check-up on my son's health there appeared to be no concern for my well-being, given I'd experienced suicidal thoughts.

It doesn't take long for professionals to ask Mum about her health too.

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Response from Birley Health Centre We are preparing to make a change

Thank you for taking the time to complete our patient opinion feedback.

Firstly can i say i am sorry you feel you had a negative experience to our health centre. The doctors look at the babys discharge when doing the post-natal visit , We tend to rely on the contact and reports from the midwife and health visitors about 'Mum'. We will discuss this at the next staff meeting and see if our system needs reviewing.

We would like to meet up with you to discuss this further and have any questions you feel are left unanswered. We are always aiming to achieve excellent standards and it is the feedback from patients that help us to do this.

May i take this opportunity to ask if you would like to become a member of our virtual patient group, this would mean the occasional email to ask your views on change and development to the surgery and hot off the press news! If you would like to be involved, please contact susanbreeze@nhs.net

many thanks