Royal Preston Hospital

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 06 Sep 2017

Sharoe Green Unit

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

4200

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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12

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
  • 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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Midwife support
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 5 Birth pool(s)
      • 4 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Mood lighting

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Enquire on admission
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 1 and for postnatal appointments it's 1.

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

We aim to provide continuity of carer with a small group of midwives. Women from out of area have the option of seeing midwives from their own area, or attending one of our midwife-led clinics.

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: Unlimited
      • 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: wheelchair access and adapted bathrooms.
      • Hearing problems: a sign language interpreter is available on request, we are developing short information videos with BSL and subtitles.
      • Sight problems: support person can remain with woman throughout stay. trust website reads webpages/information leaflets in user selected language, using Browse Aloud.
      • Learning disabilities: support person can remain with woman throughout stay.
      • Autism spectrum: support person can remain with woman throughout stay.
    • Interpreting service
      • Please ask hospital staff before your appointment if you have any communication requirements such as a need for an interpreter or British Sign Language interpreter.
      • information leaflets in other languages; Trust website translates to user selected language, using Browse Aloud.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Public health

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity Unit

      I’ve just had my first baby at Preston Hospital and cannot praise the midwifes enough. I originally wanted a water birth at chorley birth centre however due to unforeseen circumstances I was unable...

      by Anonymous, 20 Jun 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Maternity ward

      All the staff on the antenatal and maternity ward are fantastic! I had the best care from the start of my pregnancy right up to giving birth to my daughter. The midwives are worth their weight in...

      by Anonymous, 13 Apr 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

      9.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.2/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • 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
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 80.0 hours per week (47.6%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Local children's centres; midwives also work at Health Centres
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01772 524726
      • If in labour call: 0177 252 4495
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • A duck pond with seating is available and other outside areas
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Partners (or single other support person) are welcome at anytime. Other visitors: 11am-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off points are available and are clearly signposted.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 10 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 1 hour-£2.50, 2 hours-£3.50, 4 hours-£5.50, 6 hours-£6.00, 8 hours-£8.00, more than 8 hours-£10.00.
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