Barnsley Hospital

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Barnsley Birthing Centre (labour ward)

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour 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
    • When you're in established labour you'll be admitted to the labour ward
    • 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
    • Early labour education on triage
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
  • Other: Birth cube

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • 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 4-24 hours after the birth
    • Early discharge from the birth centre is offered if no complications for mum or baby.
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 5 and for postnatal appointments it's 5.

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

Midwives work in small teams of 4-6 with bases in the community HUBS and women can be seen either antenatally or postnatally in this setting. Women who are booked elsewhere can be reviewed in the HUBS if they need advice. Community midwives also cover some shifts in the unit on a regular basis and although not guaranteed, they may be able to provide continuity of carer for the intrapartum period.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Barnsley and local area
      • 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: assessment undertaken to meet individual needs. There are rooms and shower facilities for women using wheelchairs.
      • Hearing problems: personalised woman-centred assessment undertaken to meet individual needs.
      • Sight problems: personalised woman-centred assessment undertaken to meet individual needs.
      • Learning disabilities: specialist midwife and access to My Pregnancy, My Choice on ward areas. Assessment undertaken to meet individual needs.
      • Autism spectrum: personalised assessment undertaken to meet individual needs. Availability for known supporter to stay.
    • Interpreting service
      • Free access to translation and interpretation services are provided by the Trust.
      • Personalised woman-centred assessment undertaken to meet individual needs. Availability for known supporter to stay. Phoneline access to interpreting service.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Smoking cessation

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Barnsley maternity

      I had my baby here in January and my experience wasn't as I'd hoped. When I got in during labour, I was taken straight to the assessment room where I was told what was going to happen rather than...

      by Anonymous, 16 Sep 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • 5* service

      I recently gave birth to my little girl at Barnsley hospital. The care I received before, during and after delivery was brilliant! Lovely staff who cared about my well-being and answered every...

      by Anonymous, 08 Sep 2019

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    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
    • 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
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You can book directly via a community midwife
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01226 435369
      • If in labour call: 01226 432249
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners and patient's other children (under 14): 10am-10pm. Other family and friends: 2-4.30pm and 6.30-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Charge for 1 hour: £1.30. Full day parking cost: £6.90.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: Once for a few hours due to the high demand of birthing centre rooms.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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