Southend University Hospital

Southend University Hospital 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 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
    • There is an extended care area which can be used when required
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 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 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 available.
    • £80 with ensuite facilities (4 rooms) £65 with separate shower room. (1 room)
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
  • 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 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 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.

You will have a named midwife for antenatal and postnatal care. You will be looked after by a different midwife during labour and in the case of illness.

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: SS0-SS11
      • 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 rooms accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility aids. There are toilet and shower facilities which are accessible for women with limited mobility.
      • Hearing problems: hearing loops available in each area. Accessible information available.
      • Sight problems: accessible information available e.g.DVD.
      • Learning disabilities: This unit communicates frequently to identify women with learning disabilities and support can be received from the Learning Disability Midwife.
      • Autism spectrum: learning disabilities resources available, named champion midwives.
    • Interpreting service
      • Telephone interpreter contacted via the hospital switchboard
      • leaflets available online to print in various languages. Learning disability folders in each area.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Lifestyle

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • 5* Service - and tea & toast!

      I had my baby at Southend in July 2017. I was very lucky as this was a low risk pregnancy and pretty straight forward birth with no complications. I was in the midwife lead section. I arrived...

      by Anonymous, 11 Jul 2018

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    • Exceeded my expectations.

      My experience at Southend Mat unit was for my second child - I had previously been under Broomfield in Chelmsford which is a great hospital, and had my baby at a Cottage Hospital run only by...

      by Anonymous, 19 Apr 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


      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

    • 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
      • There is a kitchen situated on the ward, a restaurant and 2 convenience stores in the hospital
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 01702 385393
      • If in labour call: 01702 385261
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds.
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • All visitors 7am-9pm. (Partners may stay overnight) Only 2 visitors per bed No flowers Only your own children to visit, no other children
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop-off parking bays are available at the hospital entrance. Further parking is situated in the car park. Long stay requires a ticket which can be paid for when you leave.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Up to 30 minutes: Free Up to 3 hours: £3.10 3 to 6 hours: £4 6 to 12 hours: £6 Over 12 hours and up to 24 hours: £10
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: high activity 14 hours
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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