Conquest Hospital, St Leonards on Sea

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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 small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)
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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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
    • If second or subsequent pregnancy and contracting strongly, or any medical concerns the lady will come straight to the delivery suite.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 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: 0

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
  • Other: Grab rails in some of the rooms. Birthing cube.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £80 per night en suite and £65 not en suite
  • 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 12-24 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 5.

Antenatal and postnatal care is given by community midwives working in teams of 3 or 4, so women can see up to this number. Community midwives don't work on the delivery suite so women see different midwives for labour.

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: East Sussex
      • 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: individual care planning.
      • Hearing problems: signing interpreter. Care plan and additional support form so all midwives are aware of your needs and ensure that your experience is what you hope it will be.
      • Sight problems: care plan and additional support form so all midwives are aware of your needs and ensure that your experience is what you hope it will be.
      • Learning disabilities: a plan can be put in place during pregnancy to make sure your needs are met and that you have postnatal support.
      • Autism spectrum: a plan can be put in place during pregnancy to make sure your needs are met and that you have postnatal support.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are booked via the midwives. Your midwife will fill in an additional support information form. Interpreters will be organised for the antenatal appointment and during labour (This Trust does not use your friends or family members as interpreters).
      • many leaflets available in a selection of languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity

      I went to the conquest to have an elected c section on the 9th April, I can’t fault the tremendous staff that supported me when my sons health wasn’t good and he went to special care, the staff...

      by Anonymous, 03 May 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Absolute embarrassment to the NHS

      My partner had our baby last month and we will never be returning to the maternity wards at the Conquest hospital. Appalling experience. There was zero communication to me and my partner over what...

      by Anonymous, 09 Apr 2019

      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


      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
    • 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
      • 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 machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 72.0 hours per week (42.9%)
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0142 475 5255 ext. 7034
      • If in labour call: 0142 475 8091
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a garden next to a lake for women and partners to use.
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for the postnatal ward.
      • Only two people at a time. Partners from 9am-9pm, mothers own children 9am-6pm. All other visitors 2-8pm, no other children.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Access is to the maternity unit is very good. There are sign posts to the 'emergency maternity entrance' and two drop-off car parking spaces just outside. You can then move your car to park beside the unit
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Up to 30 minutes free, 30 minutes up to 1 hour - £1.50, 1-2 hours - £2.80, 2-3 hours - £4.20, 3-4 hours - £5.60, 4-5 hours - £6.90, 5-6 hours - £8.30, 6-12 hours - £9.60, 12-24 hours - £14.90.
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