Salisbury District Hospital

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Beatrice 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)
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We welcome you to Salisbury maternity. We are working within the Baines, Wiltshire and Swindon LMS and so are striving to ensure your care is seamless and we really want to ensure that we are working as partners in the care that you decide upon. This should be an exciting time for you and we want to know if we are offering what you want or if we could improve the service. Please do contact the Head of Maternity and Neonatal Services with and comments on Good Luck.

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
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You are encouraged to be active and mobile and freely eat and drink. You will be able to have full use of kitchen facilities
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • While there is no limit on how many people you can have with you, the rooms are small and privacy can help labour progress.
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £4 per hour
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
    • Partners can't stay with you but can stay in hospital accommodation
    • Accommodation is also available on the neonatal unit for mothers and fathers with babies on the Neonatal unit
  • 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 4-24hours after the birth
  • 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 5.

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

You may see between 1 and 5 midwives. Even though you may not see the same face each time, your care will be seamless. You can choose to have a community birth where you are more likely to have met the midwife caring for you

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: There is no specific catchment any women are welcome to have care here.
      • 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: Wet rooms, grab rails and hoists if needed.
      • Hearing problems: You will have your care planned on an individual basis.
      • Sight problems: You will have your care planned on an individual basis.
      • Learning disabilities: You will have your care planned on an individual basis.
      • Autism spectrum: You will have your care planned on an individual basis.
    • Interpreting service
      • Telephone interpeting can be offered as can a face to face interpreter.
      • You will have your care planned on an individual basis.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Salisbury Maternity unit / ward

      Make sure you get a private room as the shared bathrooms are freezing cold , everybody can hear all your conversations, with your baby , partner and other family member on the main ward. I was on...

      by Anonymous, 17 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Maternity/Labour experience

      As a first time Mum, the maternity/labour experience is daunting, and I wanted to give feedback (albeit late) on my experience. In the latter part of my pregnancy I was having 2 or 3 trips a week...

      by Anonymous, 27 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


      Better 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
      • Phone maternity reception on 01722 425177
    • 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
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 40.0 hours per week (23.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Directly by phoning
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01722 425185
      • If in labour call: 01722 425183
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for postnatal ward.
      • Partners/husbands are generally welcome at any time subject to discussion with the patient and staff. We ask that no children other than your own visit you.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £5.00 per day or £9.00 for a weekly ticket. Ask the reception team for the weekly ticket.
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