Basildon University Hospital

Basildon And Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The 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

4450

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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7

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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • There are individual rooms available.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 labour rooms
    • 0 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
    • Birthing stools
    • TV
    • Rocking chair

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are not available.
    • 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 6-12 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 1.

    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 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:
      What is your situation?

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      Who can give birth here?

      • Catchment area
        • Women who live within the catchment area: Basildon and Thurrock.
        • 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: an individualised care plan will be created for you.
        • Hearing problems: an individualised care plan will be created for you.
        • Sight problems: an individualised care plan will be created for you.
        • Learning disabilities: an individualised care plan will be created for you.
        • Autism spectrum: an individualised care plan will be created for you.
      • Interpreting service
        • Interpreters provided as required from outside company.
        • Multilingual patient information leaflets. An individualised care plan will be created for you.
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Bereavement
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Perinatal mental health
        • Substance misuse
        • Teenage pregnancy
        • Vulnerable women
        • Birth options; Early pregnancy advice; Birth afterthoughts service; Maternity Direct plus

      Women's experiences

      Reviews of this hospital

      Source: Care Opinion
      • Very rude Maternity service staff

        I am a pregnant woman who can not be fatigued, but I always leave Maternity service crying and crying. Very rude communication with the patient is not provided with any details or explanation as to...

        by Anonymous, 10 Nov 2018

        Read on Care Opinion
      • Thank you

        We had our son 25th October and although it wasn’t the greatest start to parenthood I cannot fault the staff at Basildon enough , all the staff in delivery suite but especially from CMU were...

        by Anonymous, 01 Nov 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

        9.0/10

        About the same compared with other trusts

      • Staff

        9.0/10

        About the same compared with other trusts

      • Care in hospital after birth

        7.6/10

        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 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
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      • Contact information
      • How to book once you're pregnant
        Maternity Direct gives women direct access to maternity services. More details can be found on website.
        • Booking phone number: 01268 524900 ext. 4598
        • If in labour call: 01268 524900 ext. 3550
      • Outside space
        • There is no outside space available for women in labour
      • Visiting information
        • Visitors over the age of 16 years between 4-7pm. Younger visitors will only be permitted if they are siblings of the newborn.
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • Drop off outside entrance
      • Parking
        • £3
      • Temporary closures
        • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
        • Reason for closure: due to a large number of women giving birth at the time.
        • 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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