Princess Royal Hospital, Telford

Shrewsbury And Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Wrekin Midwife Led Unit

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

340

births from Apr 2015 to Apr 2016

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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
  • 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 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 delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 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
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • One room £50.00
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • 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 24-48 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 6.

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 will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal 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
    • Straightforward pregnancy
    • Straightforward previous pregnancies
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • BMI of 18 and above
    • Aged between 18 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • There is an upper age limit of 41 if it is your first baby
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Telford and Wrekin and surrounding areas, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
    • 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: Level of mobility assessed regarding suitability for place of birth.
    • Hearing problems: Picture and easy read book available.
    • Sight problems: Picture and easy read book available. Leaflets can be printed in large type size.
    • Learning disabilities: Picture/easy read book available. Referral to learning disability team.
    • Autism spectrum: Picture and easy read book available.
  • Interpreting service
    • Interpreting services can be arranged in advance - both face-to-face or by phone.
    • Different language leaflets resource available to all midwives. Picture and easy read book available.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Some of these services require referral to consultant unit clinics

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Pregnancy

    Very poor care with maternity services. Had problems since the start but now at full term & still no birth plan or action taken on pains I've had. Rung up n told about my symptoms. But was...

    by Anonymous, 07 Mar 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Consultant led maternity unit

    Had my baby there on 6th Sept 2017 and cannot praise the hospital enough. My midwife was brilliant from start to finish. My labour was very quick but she put my husband and I at ease straight away....

    by Anonymous, 20 Jan 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

    8.8/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff

    8.8/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    8.2/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • 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 are no facilities nearby so make sure to bring your own refreshments.
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Can approach midwives when they are at a local children's Centre
    Direct Access 01743 261085 or 07797 800025 (text only)
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 7 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01952 565706
    • If in labour call: 01952 565706
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Partners and own children: 9am-8.30pm (except meal times) Other visitors: 2-4pm and 6.30-8.30pm
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • drop off outside entrance
  • Parking
    • Car park operates pay as you leave system based on number plate recognition and charge dependant on length of stay.
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