Worthing Hospital

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 11 Aug 2017

The Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a small unit

2350

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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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 can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Bath, birth balls and some pain relief (these facilities will be available on the postnatal wards).
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time

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: Wave mattress, birthing stools

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £100 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 4-6 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 2.

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: Worthing and surrounding areas.
      • 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: An individual care plan will be created for you.
      • Hearing problems: An individual care plan will be created for you.
      • Sight problems: An individual care plan will be created for you.
      • Learning disabilities: An individual care plan will be created for you.
      • Autism spectrum: An individual care plan will be created for you.
    • Interpreting service
      • Pearl Linguistics Translation service can be contacted at anytime by the midwives.
      • An individual care plan will be created for you.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Weight management

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Patient Opinion
    • I couldn't have asked for more!

      From the time I arrived I couldn't have asked for more kind, caring, respectful or professional staff. They were incredible with supporting me during my hypnobirthing experience and afterwards were...

      by Anonymous, 28 May 2017

      Read on care opinion
    • Endless thanks for the maternity staff and...

      I gave birth to my son on 9th February and what we hoped would be a straightforward labour, ended up being slightly different. I ended up needing a forceps delivery but what could've been a...

      by Anonymous, 12 Feb 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

      9.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • 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
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 80.0 hours per week (47.6%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Previous named midwife
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01903 285269
      • If in labour call: 01903 285269
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • No restrictions on visiting times.
      • Partners and own children: Open visiting. Other visitors: 3-8pm. Maximum of two visitors per bed at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour: £1.30, 1 - 2 hours: £2.60, 2 - 3 hours: £3.50, 3 - 4 hours: £4.70, Up to 24 hours: £7.60, Weekly ticket: £22, Between 10pm - 7am: £2.00
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