Where to find us
You can find the Maternity Unit on the first floor of the General Hospital, use The Parade entrance and go up in the lift or use the stairs.
Visiting hours are as follows, seven days a week:
Children should not visit unless they are siblings of the baby, to reduce the risk of cross-infection to the baby.
We have a team of four consultants who are backed up by midwives, nursery nurses, health care assistants and clerical staff.
Our Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) also has nurses and midwives specially trained in neonatal intensive care.
The doors to the Maternity Unit are locked all the time. You need to use the intercom and talk to a staff member to enter the unit.
Whilst in hospital you should keep your baby with you at all times and always ask to see a healthcare professional's ID badge if you're in any doubt that they are credible.
Your baby will have two identity labels placed on them at birth. If one or both of these come off, tell a member of staff immediately so that they can be replaced.
Our Maternity Unit is made up of:
- 16 bed postnatal ward with shared bathrooms (4 beds in each wing)
- five private rooms (some with a private bathroom and TV)
- four delivery suites
- a birthing pool room
- dining room
- midwifery station
- midwifery office
Take a tour of the Maternity unit
There are four delivery suites in the Maternity Unit. Each suite is private and is where you will give birth to your baby, unless you are having a c-section.
When you arrive at the hospital in labour you will be greeted by a member of staff who will take you to a delivery suite where a midwife will examine you. If you're in the later stages of labour you'll stay in the delivery suite and the midwife will guide you through the birth. However, if you're still in the early stages of labour, you may be sent home until you're further along.
Each delivery suite has a specialist birthing bed and armchair. We also have a supply of birthing balls and mats. You can also bring your own birthing equipment with you.
You are allowed one birthing partner in the delivery suite with you during the birth.
Delivery suites don't have ensuite toilet facilities. Toilets are located near to the suites on the Maternity Unit.
There is one birthing pool at the Maternity Unit which you can use during your labour and birth. You should discuss if you want to use the birthing pool with your midwife when preparing your birth plan.
The use of the birthing pool depends on availability and suitability. The pool can't be booked in advanced. The midwives on the maternity unit will let you know if the pool is available.
Preparing your birth plan
Pain relief in labour
Private rooms are for after you give birth. When you're ready to move out of a delivery suite you can be moved to a private room to recover. The amount of time you can spend in a private room can be discussed with midwives on the Maternity Unit.
There are four private rooms on the Maternity Unit. Private rooms are charged per night.
|Ensuite single room with TV||£158|
|Single room only||£99|
To book a private room you need to complete the booking form and
email it to the Ward Clerk and Maternity Receptionists.
We can't guarantee a private room for your birth as it depends on availability.
Maternity Unit private room reservation form
Payment for private rooms
When you are discharged from the Maternity Unit your form will be sent to the Finance Department who will then send you an invoice for payment.
Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)
The Special Care Baby Unit is based within the Maternity Unit. This is where specially trained neonatal nurses look after babies who may need extra care after birth.
You can book a hospital approved interpreter for your appointments with your midwife or doctor.
Languages and interpreters