Poole Hospital

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Central 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

4350

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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7

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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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
    • Women have the option of being assessed at home on request.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The number of supporters is limited by space in the delivery room. However there is no limit to the number of supporters provided as these alternate and are not all present at once.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £175 subject to availability on the day
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • For more information please see link at: https://www.poole.nhs.uk/a-z-services/m/maternity/postnatal-care.aspx
  • 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 0-4 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 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. You will 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

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: Poole and Bournemouth conurbation, Wareham, Swanage and Ferndown.
      • 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: lifts available and disabled toilets/shower rooms.
      • Hearing problems: reception staff and some midwives can use British Sign Language.
      • Sight problems: guide dogs allowed in the building.
      • Learning disabilities: case loaded by the vulnerable women's midwifery team (Family Partnership).
      • Autism spectrum: case loaded by the vulnerable women's midwifery team (Family Partnership).
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face interpreting service can be booked and telephone interpreting service available out of hours. Contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) on 0120 244 8499 or pals@poole.nhs.uk.
      • prompt cards for different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women
      • Dedicated Homebirth Team

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Cannot fault the care I received

      I just wanted to leave a review about how excellent Poole Maternity hospital is, and how from the antenatal period right through to postnatally, they took excellent care of me and I cannot fault...

      by Anonymous, 19 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Amazing service would like to thank all the...

      My baby girl was delivered on the 18/12/17 via elected c section, my previous c section with my son didn't go as planned spinal did not work so when I fell pregnant this year I made the decision to...

      by Anonymous, 07 Jan 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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • Breech baby
      • If your baby is breech you'll be encouraged to have a caesarean.
    • 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
      • Vending machines for hot drinks and snacks in the reception area
      • 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
      • Booking phone number: 0120 244 2327
      • If in labour call: 0300 369 0388
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for the postnatal ward
      • Partners: no restriction (subject to agreeing to comply with privacy and dignity rules) Mother's own children: 10am-9pm. Other visitors: 2-4pm and 7-8 pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £1.80 per hour
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: 7 hours due to medical staffing shortage
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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