Victoria Hospital, Blackpool

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Fylde Coast Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

211

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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4

Birthing 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
    • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Midwives are taught awareness of hypnobirthing techniques. Some midwives are hypnobirthing practitioners

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 6-12 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 2.

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. Continuity of carer is being monitored with an aim of meeting the standards set out in the national maternity review.

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?

    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
      • Can be Group B Strep positive
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of 35 and lower
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Over Wyre, Lancaster and Greater Preston.
      • 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: There are accessible bathrooms in the birth centre.
      • Hearing problems: You will be referred to and assessed by the learning disabilities team who will arrange an individualised care plan.
      • Sight problems: You will be referred to and assessed by the learning disabilities team who will arrange an individualised care plan.
      • Learning disabilities: You will be referred to and assessed by the learning disabilities team who will arrange an individualised care plan.
      • Autism spectrum: You will be referred to and assessed by the learning disabilities team who will arrange an individualised care plan.
    • Interpreting service
      • The big word interpreting service available.
      • there is a specialist midwife and parentcraft for non English speaking women. Leaflets available in different languages
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Domestic abuse

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • EPAU

      After the excellent care I have received in this department I felt the need to leave a review. In November my husband and I sadly sufferered a missed miscarriage after thinking we couldn’t have...

      by Anonymous, 25 Feb 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • A mixed bag in terms of care during...

      This was my first experience of Blackpool Victoria maternity department as my other babies were born in Scotland. Due to being classed as "high risk" & requiring care from the EPU I found some...

      by Anonymous, 17 Feb 2018

      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

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Please call the delivery suite on a Sunday when you want to attend for the tour. You can arrange an individual tour through your midwife or as part of Parentcraft classes.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • 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
      • There is a patient kitchen and own food can be brought in.
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Midwives can be contacted via most GP surgeries and children's centres in the area
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 12 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01253 303618
      • If in labour call: 01253 953618
    • 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
      • There are 2 drop off parking spots near the unit outside the education centre
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 0-2 hours: £2.50. 2-3 hours: £3.00. 3-6 hours: £4.00. 6-24 hours: £6.00. Prices may change due to circumstances.
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