Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Deben Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium 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
  • Other: Fentanyl
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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • Women will be advised to remain active and mobile. Mild painkillers and light refreshments are available.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This tends to be negotiable and flexible according to individual need.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 0

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 not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • 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
    • If you request an amenity room and one is available, your partner will be able to stay with you postnatally
  • 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 3.

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

You will have a named midwife.
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.

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: East Suffolk
      • 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: disabled toilets and shower, ensuite rooms and wet room. Carer able to stay if required.
      • Hearing problems: partner, carer or hearing dog able to stay with you.
      • Sight problems: partner, carer or guide dog able to stay with you.
      • Learning disabilities: referral to specialist learning disability services within trust. Carer able to stay for support.
      • Autism spectrum: midwives will work with you and your existing supporters and carers to organise a suitable plan for your care.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheLanguageLine' or interpreter
      • some information available in various languages. Use of staff members if appropriate.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women
      • Consultant Midwife

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Deben Ward

      Recently gave birth to my 2nd child on Deben Ward and just wanted to leave some positive feedback for all the staff from Deben Ward that were responsible for our care. It was an induced labour and...

      by Anonymous, 24 Mar 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.

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    • Care in hospital after birth

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      About the same compared with other trusts

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      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tours on Saturdays. Booking is essential. Call maternity reception on 0147 370 3108.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • 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
      • Local shops within walking distance.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Make contact with a community midwife via your GP surgery.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0147 370 2666
      • If in labour call: 0147 370 3334
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • You can walk around the hospital grounds.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Named visitor: 9am-1pm and 3-9pm daily.
        Other visitors: 3-7pm daily. Only three visitors at a time.
        Partners can stay overnight if desired.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Once you have been dropped off, the nearest car park to the ward is car park G.
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Up to 2 hours: £2
        Up to 3 hours: £3
        Up to 4 hours: £4
        Over 4 hours and up to 24 hours: £7
        Long stay: ask at reception
        3 days: £4; 7 days: £7
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