King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sherwood Birthing Unit (labour ward)

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
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
    • Aromatherapy and other comfort aids for labour provided.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

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. You can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

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: North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.
      • 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: all disabilities: contact Communications Team on 0162 367 2294 to arrange practice information to suit the needs of disabled patients. In certain circumstances overnight accommodation can be arranged if you speak to ward staff.
      • Hearing problems: you will receive an individualised plan of care.
      • Sight problems: you will receive an individualised plan of care.
      • Learning disabilities: you will receive an individualised plan of care.
      • Autism spectrum: you will receive an individualised plan of care.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting services are provided under contract with the Big Word translation services.
      • some information available in alternative languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Pregnancy Day Care. Awful!

      32 weeks pregnant and had many episodes of no movements at all with my baby, my midwife was great and referred me straight into hospital! Had many visits for the same thing and scans due to reduced...

      by Anonymous, 14 Aug 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • My labour in the labour suite,. Hope this is...

      When I called about my contractions which was every 1 min apart 30 seconds I had got told that I should wait and see if they got worse, I wasn’t in loads of pain so they didn’t think I was as far...

      by Anonymous, 04 Jul 2019

      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


      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
    • 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
      • Other refreshment options are available in four areas
      • 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
      Midwives at various local clinics
      Community Midwife Advice Line: 0162 367 6170
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0162 365 5722
      • If in labour call: 0162 365 5722
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Areas are not solely for the use of labouring women.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: 10am-8pm Other visitors: 11.30am-7pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • First 15 minutes: free. Up to 1 hour: £1.80 1 to 4 hours: £3.50 4 to 6 hours: £5.50 6 to 24 hours: £7.00 Special Saver Tickets are also available to help reduce costs for regular patients and visitors: 7day Saver Ticket £12.50 4week Saver Ticket £30.00
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 12
      • Reason for closure: We had several closures due to the volume of activity - the average closure was 3-6 hrs.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Suite
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