Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Gloucestershire 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 large unit

5400

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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12

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
    • 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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Aromatherapy
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Telemetry (wireless monitoring). This enables you to be upright and mobile or use the pool even if you need continuous monitoring.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £125 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 6-24 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 3 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 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.

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: Gloucestershire GP boundaries
      • 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: disabled facilities are available.
      • Hearing problems: access to Sign Language.
      • Sight problems: this unit meets building regulations for the partially sighted.
      • Learning disabilities: there is a full range of supportive policies and a Learning Disability Team.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 019 3282 (Tel), 0300 422 6832 (Fax), 07827 281 266 (Text) or pals.gloucestershirehospitals@glos.nhs.uk (email).
      • leaflets available in other languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity Care

      We recently experienced the ordeal of having to give birth following a late miscarriage. At this extremely difficult time we relied heavily on the staff at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. We stayed...

      by Anonymous, 08 Sep 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • An incredible birth experience

      My husband and I used the midwife-led birth unit for the recent birth of our daughter and had an exceptionally brilliant experience. The facilities are wonderful - our birth room was huge and was...

      by Anonymous, 23 Jun 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

      9.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.0/10

      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 75.0 hours per week (44.6%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via midwife attached to GP service.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0300 422 5525 ext. 5542
      • If in labour call: 0300 422 5541
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Partners and infant siblings: 9am-9pm
        Other visitors: 2-3pm and 6-7pm
        The number of other visitors is restricted to two per mother and baby.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour: £1.90
        Up to 2 hours: £3.60
        Up to 3 hours: £5.00
        Up to 4 hours: £6.00
        Up to 5-6 hours: £7.40
        Up to 24 hours: £10.00
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: for 8 and a half hours due to a high amount of activity on the ward.
      • 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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