Burnley General Hospital

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

The Central Birth Suite, Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Triage department, birth centre, antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 19 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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 available.
    • £150.00
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
    • Consideration will be given in special circumstances
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6-12 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

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 be cared for by a team of midwives who 'buddy-up' antenatally and postnatally to minimise the number of midwives you see. The birth suite is staffed by core midwives.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Lancashire primarily
      • 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 facilities
      • Hearing problems: you will be referred to a Supervisor of Midwives who will plan your care.
      • Sight problems: you will be referred to a Supervisor of Midwives who will plan your care.
      • Learning disabilities: learning disability team
      • Autism spectrum: you will be referred to a Supervisor of Midwives who will plan your care.
    • Interpreting service
      • The Trust offers a telephone interpreting service, however, the maternity service has three bi-lingual support workers.
      • phone line
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Birth Suite/NICU & Post Natal Ward

      I gave birth to my 2nd son in Sept 2018 here and unfortunately developed sepsis during labour which in turn was passed to my son...... luckily for us and thanks to the amazing quick thinking staff...

      by Anonymous, 10 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • burnley birth centre

      I gave birth to my son at the birth centre last year. I can only say positive things about my experiences there. From initially attending in early labour, to discharge after my son was born the...

      by Anonymous, 05 Jun 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
      • No need to book, arrive at Burnley Birth Centre at 19.00 every Wednesday and 14.00 on Saturday and Sunday
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is 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 75.0 hours per week (44.6%)
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    • Contact information
      • Main hospital number: 0125 426 3555 or 0128 242 5071
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0128 280 4232
      • If in labour call: 0128 280 4232 ext. 4233
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting is the same as for the postnatal ward
      • Partners can visit all day: 9am-9pm.
        Other visitors: 3-4 pm and 7-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Long stay car park at the main entrance
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £1.90: 3 hours
        £2.80: 6 hours
        £3.50: 24 hours
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