Southmead Hospital, Bristol

North Bristol NHS 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 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 have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 14 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 not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
    • 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 4-24 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 6 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 be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. 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.

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: Bristol, north-east Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: wet rooms, accessible toilets, ground floor ramp accessible and electric beds.
      • Hearing problems: there are hearing loops and some staff are trained in sign language.
      • Sight problems: your needs will be assessed pre-birth to ensure that your individual requirements are met.
      • Learning disabilities: you will be looked after by the Learning Disability team and an individualised care plan will be made.
      • Autism spectrum: individualised care plans will be made.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the hospital using the telephone number to arrange an appropriate interpreter. Face-to-face interpreting is not always offered as telephone interpreting often offers more choice.
      • links with community peer support.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • Perinatal Mental Health Specialist (not a midwife).

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • I had the most positive and incredible experience

      I recently gave birth at Southmead and had the most positive and incredible experience. I was admitted by my midwife at 38 weeks due to complications which meant I had to be induced, and on...

      by CB6, 16 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Outstanding care

      My wife gave birth to our second child at Central Delivery Suite this week, and then spent two nights on the Percy Phillips Ward. We thought we received great care when our first child was born,...

      by Anonymous, 20 Apr 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
      • Mum-to-be (plus one) can book a tour of the Birth Suite and Central Delivery Suite. Tours run on Saturday and Sunday mornings and are presented by maternity volunteers. To book your place, please contact 0117 323 5046.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't 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
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 72.0 hours per week (42.9%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Contact a community midwife or email:
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0117 414 6743
      • If in labour call: 0117 414 6918
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • MLUs
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partner and own children: 10am-8pm Other visitors: 2-4.30pm and 6.30-7.30pm Two visitors (plus partner) at a time, only children over 13.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance/free parking for partners during the induction of labour and intrapartum period, also up to 7 in the postnatal period.
    • Parking
      • 0-2hrs: £3, 2-4hrs: £4, 4-6hrs: £6, 6-8hrs: £7, 8-24hrs: £8, 7 day ticket £15.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 31
      • Reason for closure: This varies from a few hours up to 24 hours depending on the reason for closure. Reasons vary from staffing to excessive women in labour. Safety is paramount.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Central Delivery Suite
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