Burnley General Hospital

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Burnley Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

A birth centre is a more homely environment, where the focus is on birth without medical intervention.

a very large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: codiene phosphate tablets for latent labour
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
    • 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
    • Women are given information about the different stages of labour. Women are offered simple analgesia to cope with labour and birth. Women are encouraged to stay active and advice is given on nutrition and hydration.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Women can bring in ipods, phones and laptops to use whilst in labour.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Private rooms on the postnatal ward for £130
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners are allowed to stay in the birth centre rooms. A reclining chair or sofa are available.
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6-24 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can't come back to the birth centre postnatally
  • 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 4.

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

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

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

Every midwife is allocated to be named midwife for each GP service or children's centre, and they attend that clinic on a regular basis. It is possible that you will be cared for by midwives that are known to you during each stage of care. You can choose to have your antenatal and postnatal care by one trust and book for care in labour within our service.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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    Who can give birth here?

    • This birth centre/midwife-led unit is the default option for low risk women at this hospital
    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of 16 and above
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 6 previous babies
      • This unit follows guidelines about eligibility for the birth centre. However, if you don't fit the criteria, you can meet with a Supervisor of Midwives to discuss the risks and benefits of giving birth in the birth centre.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Lancashire 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: disabled facilities to include ramps, wheelchairs and mobility aids. If you have individual needs your midwife and consultant team will formulate a specific care plan for you.
      • Hearing problems: your midwife will plan your care to meet your individual needs.
      • Sight problems: your midwife will plan your care to meet your individual needs.
      • Learning disabilities: your midwife will plan your care to meet your individual needs.
      • Autism spectrum: your midwife will plan your care to meet your individual needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • The Trust offers a telephone interpreting service, however, the maternity service has three bi-lingual support workers.
      • we have face to face and telephone translation services available for you should you need.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Birth Suite/NICU & Post Natal Ward

      I gave birth to my 2nd son in Sept 2018 here and unfortunately developed sepsis during labour which in turn was passed to my son...... luckily for us and thanks to the amazing quick thinking staff...

      by Anonymous, 10 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • burnley birth centre

      I gave birth to my son at the birth centre last year. I can only say positive things about my experiences there. From initially attending in early labour, to discharge after my son was born the...

      by Anonymous, 05 Jun 2019

      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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • No need to book: Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machines are located in the entrance to the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre. There is also a dining room on site during daytime hours
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    • Contact information
      • Main hospital number: 0125 426 3555 or 0128 242 5071
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Booking line for Children's Centre - phone: 01282 804512
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0128 280 3434
      • If in labour call: 0128 280 3434
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Long stay car park at the main entrance
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • £1.90: 3 hours, £2.80: 6 hours, £3.50: 24 hours
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