Countess of Chester Hospital

Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Central Labour Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a small unit

2950

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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10

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

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
    • Although you will be encouraged to be at home in early labour, baths and birthing balls are available at the unit.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There is flexibility regarding number of birthing partners based on individual needs/circumstances.
    • 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
  • Other: Holistic clinic for overdue ladies

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £90 per day
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • 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 2 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. 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. 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: West Cheshire and North Wales.
      • 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: Wheelchair access, adapted bathroom CLS and Ward. Adjustable height cot.
      • Hearing problems: Individual plan would be made based on level of need. Can have sign language user to attend all appointments.
      • Sight problems: Individual plan would be made based on level of need. Some braille & large print information available.
      • Learning disabilities: You will have a care plan based on your individual needs.
      • Autism spectrum: You will have a care plan based on your individual needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • If English isn't your first language and you prefer your medical appointment explained in a language you are more comfortable with, then arrangements can be made for a professional interpreter to be present.
      • Leaflets in a variety of languages available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Fetal Medicine

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Fabulous experience

      I was booked for an elective c-section in July and had an amazing experience at the hospital. Staff were very attentive and I felt safe under their care.

      by Anonymous, 09 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Amazing Staff!

      Long story short: just a few days ago I was booked for a labour induction. During the procedure it turned out that I need an emergency CC, because my baby's heartbeat started to disappear. Within a...

      by Anonymous, 22 Jun 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

      8.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • In special circumstances this can be arranged via community midwife.
    • Breech baby
      • If your baby is breech you'll be encouraged to have a caesarean.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Private care is available via arrangement with the consultant obstetrician.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending services for hot drinks, cold cans/bottles, confectionery, snacks
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • 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: 01244 363487
      • If in labour call: 01244 365026 or 01244 365028
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Fathers and partners: 9am-9pm Other visitors: 2-7pm (This has recently changed following feedback from women).
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • 0-30 mins: free, 30 mins-5 hours: £3.50, 5-8 hours: £5, 8-24 hours: £7
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 7
      • Reason for closure: average 13 hours-acuity and staffing
      • 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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