Colchester General Hospital

Colchester Hospital University 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

3450

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You will be encouraged to go home in early labour. Midwives may be able to prescribe a painkiller. You may be able to stay on the antenatal ward if you decide not to go home.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances

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: Hypnobirthing

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward 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 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 4.

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

This unit aims to provide one-to-one care in labour from a core staff member.

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: North Essex
      • 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: You will have a risk assessment during pregnancy. Appropriate manual handling equipment will be arranged for you and staff will be informed of the arrangements
      • Hearing problems: Staff will be made aware of your individual requirements. There are pictorial cue cards available, and there is a system on Delivery Suite to make sure that staff are informed about your special requirements
      • Sight problems: Staff will be made aware of your individual requirements. There are pictorial cue cards available, and there is a system on Delivery Suite to make sure that staff are informed about your special requirements. A risk assessment will be undertaken during pregnancy regarding you having a carer to stay with you 24/7 and the possibility of your dog staying
      • Learning disabilities: Staff will be made aware of your individual requirements. There are pictorial cue cards available, and there is a system on Delivery Suite to make sure that staff are informed about your special requirements. Social services will be informed during the pregnancy to make sure a support package is in place for when you go home with your baby
      • Autism spectrum: Staff will be made aware of your individual requirements. There are pictorial cue cards available, and there is a system on Delivery Suite to make sure that staff are informed about your special requirements. Social services will be informed during the pregnancy to make sure a support package is in place for when you go home with your baby
    • Interpreting service
      • TheBigWord via mobile phone, picture cue cards. Interpreters for booking appointments and wherever possible for other occasions.
      • Staff will be made aware of your individual requirements. There are pictorial cue cards available, and there is a system on Delivery Suite to make sure that staff are informed about your special requirements
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Parent Education Specialist Midwife and hypnobirthing-trained midwives

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Disgusting treatment of new mothers

      My wife had a caesarian on the 10th of November after a horrible labour caused by an rude doctor who ignored hypnobirth program we had informed them multiple times we were using to reduce pain and...

      by Anonymous, 11 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Miscarriage

      I feel that the early pregnancy unit (EPU) was fairly unprofessional. I was takien in by ambulance in the early hours one day last week. I had lost a lot of blood and had unfortunately miscarried...

      by gemma34, 11 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.6/10

      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 machines / Asda within walking distance. Drinks are provided
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 78.0 hours per week (46.4%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 07554 228297
      • If in labour call: 01206 845240
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds. Maternity garden where women can go in the earlier stages of labour.
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for the postnatal ward
      • Open for Partners. Visitors 3-5pm and 7-8.30pm Woman's own children only
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Once you have been dropped off, your car can be parked in the pay-on-exit car park
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Ranges from £1.80 to £5 or a five day permit is £10. Parking is free for women whose babies are in the Neonatal Unit.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 4
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Deben Delivery Suite
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