Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Luton And Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Consultant Led Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a large unit

5150

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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11

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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
    • 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
    • None - you are supported and advised to go home
  • Birthing rooms
    • 11 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 0 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • For a home birth there is no limit to number of birth partners.
    • 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
  • Rocking chair

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
    • Stays on postnatal wards are individually assessed. Partners can stay in rooms with you only if they are in a single room
  • 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
  • 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.

These numbers reflect the number of midwives you will see in the community. Community midwives work within teams.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Statistics

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

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Luton, central and south Bedfordshire, parts of Hertfordshire
      • 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: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
      • Hearing problems: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
      • Sight problems: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
      • Learning disabilities: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
      • Autism spectrum: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
    • Interpreting service
      • Service provided by Pearl Linguistics.
      • There is a video giving information about maternity care in the unit
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • HIV, promoting normality

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Midwife care

      I wanted to write to say thank you to all the midwifery staff and the l&d. I was booked for a home birth but sadly could not go ahead due to meconium in the waters. The staff recognised how...

      by Anonymous, 19 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Amazing dating scan experience

      Me and my husband attended for our dating scan and I had to post feedback as our sonographer made this scan a beautiful experience for us. She was warm, friendly and bubbly which really put us at...

      by Anonymous, 25 Sep 2018

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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

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • This is very limited with very few consultant obstetricians able to provide private care
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • A snack machine is available and there is an off-site 24/7 Tesco
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 98.0 hours per week (58.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01582 502285
      • If in labour call: 01582 502285
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for postnatal ward
      • Partners :9am-9pm Others: 2:30-7pm and 7-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • £4 car park charge for birth partners only for up to 24 hours when a woman is in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £4.00 for birth partners for 24 hours
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