Royal Lancaster Infirmary

University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

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 very small 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £125 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a 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 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 3.

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

If you live outside the catchment area, you may have care locally with your named midwife but attend consultant led clinics and ultrasound scans at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

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
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: North Lancashire, South Cumbria
      • 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: wheelchairs, electronic profiling beds, wet rooms, lift access.
      • Hearing problems: loop system.
      • Sight problems: braille leaflets, larger font, some braille signage.
      • Learning disabilities: carer, passports of care.
      • Autism spectrum: specialist learning disabilities named nurse.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheLanguageLine' service
      • information in other languages available on request and 'TheLanguageLine'.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Health and wellbeing midwife. Safe active birth midwives.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Wonderful experience with the delivery team

      We had our baby at LRI in December 2017 and it was an amazing service in the delivery ward. All the staff that helped me were brilliant, encouraging, reassuring and compassionate from start to...

      by Anonymous, 18 Jan 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Elective C Section

      Reluctantly I opted for an elective c section. Despite early concerns I was extremely reassured upon meeting the surgical team. Both the anestheatist and surgeons were extremely approachable and...

      by Anonymous, 09 Oct 2017

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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
    • 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 machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 40.0 hours per week (23.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      booking directly at midwife clinic.
      Book directly with a community midwife
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01229 403838 or 01524 584130
      • If in labour call: 0152 458 3850
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Small courtyard
    • Visiting information
      • No difference, partners can stay over in a chair whether private room or not.
      • Partners: 9am-10pm. Other visitors: 3-4pm and 7-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Pay on foot car park. 1 hour-£1.20, up to 2 hours-£2.10, up to 4 hours-£3.70, up to 8 hours-£5.40, up to 24 hours-£7.10, 7 day parking permits available-£7.60.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: once for 6 hours
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Sharoe Green Unit, The Delivery Suite
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