James Paget University Hospital, Great Yarmouth

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Dolphin Suite

Contact & visitor information

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



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
  • Other: If you require additional pain relief you will be transferred to Delivery Suite
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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • They are encouraged to mobilise around the hospital.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 2

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

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 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can 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.

This unit provides traditional midwifery care.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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.
    • Can be Group B Strep positive
    • Straightforward pregnancy
    • Straightforward previous pregnancies
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • BMI of 35.0 and lower
    • Aged between 15 and 42 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 3 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Great Yarmouth and Waveney
    • 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: All areas are designed for women with limited movement. You will receive a care plan before admission to ensure all your needs are met.
    • Hearing problems: You will receive a care plan before admission to ensure all your needs are met.
    • Sight problems: You will receive a care plan before admission to ensure all your needs are met.
    • Learning disabilities: You will be booked for care with a specialist midwife and receive a care plan before admission to ensure all your needs are met.
    • Autism spectrum: You will be booked for care with a specialist midwife and receive a care plan before admission to ensure all your needs are met.
  • Interpreting service
    • LanguageLine service and face to face interpreter if required
    • There is an internal directory of staff who speak other languages
  • 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
  • The way they made me feel

    I felt intimidated and looked down upon by a midwife. I lost my boy last year so I’m consultant led and should of been looked after professionally, but instead was treated and spoke to like a piece...

    by TJ4, 28 May 2019

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Disgusting service provided by a midwife

    I am writing this review based on my experience tonight, 01.04.2018. I am 27 weeks pregnant nearly and I arrived at the hospital at 6pm following a fall that I had today and due to being pregnant...

    by Anonymous, 01 Apr 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


    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
    • Every Tuesday 1pm or call Dolphin Suite and arrange individually..
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Breastfeeding accreditation
  • 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 kitchen available on the Dolphin Suite.
  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    • Booking phone number: 01493 453640
    • If in labour call: 01493 453640
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • 24 hours for partner or birthing partner
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • No special arrangements
  • Parking
    • 30 minutes - free, up to 2 hours £3, 2-3 hours £3.50, 3-4 hours £4.50, 4-24 hours £6.50.
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