Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 28 Jun 2018

Truro 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

435

births from Nov 2017 to Jun 2018

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5

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit
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This unit opened in November 2017

This unit has recently opened and information is not yet available

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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 4 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: Aromatherapy service will be introduced in 2018

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • 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
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 0-4 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.

In Cornwall we aim to give good continuity of care antenatally and postnatally. You will have a named midwife throughout pregnancy but it may be necessary to see other midwives from the team, for example if your midwife is on holiday or unwell. If you choose a community birth, you may have met the midwives who care for you in labour. Truro Birth Centre is staffed by a dedicated core team of midwives based within the unit. If you choose one of our freestanding units, at Helston or Penrice, you will be cared for by Community Midwives. If you come to the obstetric unit then you will be looked after by hospital midwives.

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.
    • Straightforward pregnancy
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • Aged between 16 and 42 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Support services

  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
    • Limited mobility: an individualised care plan would be implemented
    • Hearing problems: supported by Hearing Loss Cornwall
    • Learning disabilities: a specialist team who can work with women antenatally and during inpatient stay
    • Autism spectrum: individualised care plan
  • Interpreting service
    • Interpreting service is avaialble
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Vulnerable women

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Wonderful staff

    I gave birth on 17/9/17 in a speedy 14hrs. It was my first child and used the pool initially with an incredible midwife who was there by my side motivating us and making us feel safe every step of...

    by Anonymous, 12 Oct 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Traumatic treatment

    My wife was induced in 2015 and we received great care from most midwives but very poor care from one. My wife wasn't coping with the very painful contractions from the induction drip and clearly...

    by JD248, 09 Oct 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

    9.1/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    7.0/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • Vending machine
    • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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  • Contact information
    • Main hospital number: 01872 252000
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    • If in labour call: 01872 258000
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • No designated waiting area for postnatal visitors; families are encouraged to keep visits to a minimum.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
  • Parking
    • £2.80 up to 2 hours, £5.60 up to 4 hours, £8.40 up to 6 hours, £14.00 up to 24 hours.
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