Where to find us
The antenatal clinic can be found at the Gloucester Street entrance to the hospital, next to the outpatients waiting area.
The labour ward, SCBU, ultrasound and the antenatal / postnatal ward can be accessed via the stairs or lift to the first floor.
Visiting hours are as follows, 7 days a week:
Make sure you only have a few visitors at any time. Children should not visit unless they are siblings of the baby. Young children are asked not to visit in order to reduce the risk of cross-infection to your baby.
We have a team of four consultants who are backed up by midwives, nursery nurses, health care assistants and clerical staff. Our neonatal unit also has nurses especially trained in neonatal intensive care.
The doors to the Maternity Unit are locked all the time. Entrance and exit is via an intercom and staff assistance.
Whilst in hospital you should keep your baby with you and ask to see a healthcare professional's ID badge if you are in doubt that they are credible.
Your baby will also have two identity labels placed on them at birth. If one or both of these come off alert a member of staff immediately so that they can be replaced.
Supervisor of midwives
All midwives have a named supervisor of midwives. Supervisors of midwives develop and maintain safe practice to ensure the protection of women, their babies and their families. They regularly meet with midwives and ensure a high standard of care is provided.
They work closely with the Local Supervisory Authority who can be contacted 24 hours a day on telephone number +44 (0) 1534 442448.
More information about supervisors of midwives can be found from the midwifery regulatory body, the NMC's website.
An approved interpreter can be booked by the hospital and provided for your appointments with the midwife or doctor.
It is important that you ring and cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend for any reason. A further appointment can be made with an interpreter in attendance.