Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Aylesbury Labour Ward

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a medium unit

4950

births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015

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9

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
Find out more about pain relief during labour

Having a baby here

During labour and birth

  • If you arrive in the early stages of labour
    • When you're in established labour you'll be admitted to the labour ward.
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You will be able to stay on the antenatal ward if there are medical problems.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The recommended number of birth supporters is 2, however requests for more than 2 are considered on an individual basis and accepted if in the best interests of the mother. This would be limited to a maximum of 3 birth supporters at any one time.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 0

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Aromatherapy service when the specially trained midwives are on duty.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £190 for ensuite rooms. £85 for a single room without ensuite.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • A decision about whether a partner can stay overnight is made on an individual basis.
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6-24 hours. after the birth
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

You will have a named midwife. You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Statistics

* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
Compared to the national average, women were:
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Buckinghamshire (excluding Milton Keynes).
      • You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: We undertake a mobility assessment in the antenatal period and make subsequent appropriate arrangements.
      • Hearing problems: Your needs will be individually assessed and there are also British Sign Language interpreters available.
      • Sight problems: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: Your needs will be individually assessed and there is also a specialist midwifery team for vulnerable women.
      • Autism spectrum: Your needs will be individually assessed and there is a specialist midwifery team for vulnerable women.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are available for antenatal appointments. Telephone and British Sign Language interpreters can be accessed at any time as needed.
      • Maternity information available in other languages by calling 01296 316042.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • VBAC pathway.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Patient Opinion
    • Can't imagine a better service from wonderful...

      My daughter Charlotte was borne at Stoke Mandeville on 2nd October. The birth was induced and the labour started quite quickly. Charlotte needed help after a few hours of labour and we went into...

      by Anonymous, 14 Oct 2017

      Read on care opinion
    • Maternity

      The care of my daughter claire after suffering a stillbirth was excellent the staff and doctors worked together so well,that words cant express my thanks to the whole of the materniy staff.

      by Anonymous, 26 Aug 2017

      Read on care opinion
    Source: CQC

    Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015

    Scores are for the NHS Trust that this hospital is part of.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth

      9.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Weekly and weekend tours. Only bring one partner. Book during early pregnancy by calling 01296 316120.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Breech baby
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    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • No information
    • Neonatal care
      • Local neonatal unit (LNU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area, except for those who are critically ill and need intensive care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 100.0 hours per week (59.5%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01296 316103
      • If in labour call: 01296 316103
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners can stay overnight with women.
      • Partners: 8am-midnight (flexible).
        Other visitors: 3-9pm.
        Only 2 visitors are permitted at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • £1.50 for one hour. Graduated to £9 for 12 to 24 hours.
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