Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Central Delivery Suite

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
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

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 be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • You will be supported at home via a detailed telephone discussion with a midwife via the Pregnancy Advice Line. When you are invited into the maternity unit, birth partners are encouraged to stay.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Space is limited within the delivery suite rooms and though there is no limit on birth supporters in attendance, numbers within the room will be assessed on an individual basis.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birthing pool and wireless monitoring available for women with higher risks where the midwifery-led unit is not an option.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £185 - £210 per night for en suite or toilet only. Share suite with en suite and a pull out bed for your partner is £450 per night if booked in advance and £395 if available and booked on the day.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners of women needing maternity high-dependency care have a single bed and shower facilities available within the High Dependency 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 6-24 hours 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 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

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

If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour. We also offer a homebirth service to eligible women which can offers a continuity of care package for all your pregnancy, labour and postnatal care.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex.
      • 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: there is a birthing room that provides space for wheel chair users including bespoke ensuite and birth pool facility.
      • Hearing problems: individual support will be made available as required.
      • Sight problems: individual support will be made available as required.
      • Learning disabilities: individual support will be made available as required and support is offered by the learning disability specialist nurse.
      • Autism spectrum: individual support will be made available as required and support is offered by the learning disability specialist nurse.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheLanguageLine' telephone service is available. For scheduled appointments the trust will make every effort to secure a local interpreter.
      • leaflets are available in a variety of languages and others can be translated if required. Safe Sleep advice for parents can be provided in a number of languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Home Birth Parent Education, Perineal Care Specialist

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Early Pregnancy Unit

      I recently experienced a miscarriage and sadly even that wasn't quite straight forward, so I had to attend the Early Pregnancy Unit many times for blood tests and scans. Every staff member I came...

      by Anonymous, 20 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Excellent care and advice

      I would like to thank all the midwives, doctors and theatre staff in the maternity and delivery suite at the hospital. I was given all necessary information to make informed decisions about having...

      by Anonymous, 16 Apr 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
      • All tours of the maternity unit will take place monthly after the ‘Your Pregnancy Matters’ event (some antenatal classes also include a tour). You can come for the talk 19.00-20.00 or just for the tour at 20.00. Midwives will be on hand from 18.30 to answer any questions you may have.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Beverage bay, Costa, Marks and Spencers on site but open until 8pm.
      • 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
      Bellfields and Spinney Children's Centres.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0148 340 6717
      • If in labour call: 0300 123 5473
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Amenity room visiting is the same as general visiting. The Shere Suite allows open visiting.
      • Birth partners: 9am-10pm, Other visitors: 3-8pm. Only your own children may visit. No more than 2 people per bed at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 20 minute free drop off: up to 24 hours. Please ask your midwife on admission to the Midwifery Led Unit to provide you with a form which entitles you to parking at a reduced rate if using the hospital for a few days
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