Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield

Heart Of England NHS Foundation 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 medium unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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
  • Other: Co-codamol
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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • You may be visited by a community midwife at home during early labour
  • Birthing rooms
    • 13 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Depending on needs of the individual sometimes the birthing partners can swap over.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 3

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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not 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 4-24hours 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.

Women will have 10 antenatal appointments, usually with no more than 2 different midwives, usually the number of postnatal visits is 4, again with usually no more than 2 different midwives. Out of area women receiving care at the hospital should receive the same level and continuity of care.

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
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Erdington, Castle Vale, Kingstanding, Great Barr, Aston, Perry Barr, Burton, Lichfield
      • 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: hospital wheelchairs, porter assistance.
      • Hearing problems: text service on a 1-1 basis.
      • Sight problems: individualised care plan.
      • Learning disabilities: individualised care plan.
      • Autism spectrum: individualised care plan.
    • Interpreting service
      • Telephone: 0121 424 1331 ext. 1319 for Interpreting Services. The Trust provides interpretation in Mirpuri, Punjabi, Urdu, Sylheti and Bengali Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4:30pm. <br> For other languages 24hours notice is needed to book an interpreter. 'TheLanguageLine' telephone service available.
      • 'TheLanguageLine' is also available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Aftercare following birth was not good.

      I was admitted to the Labour ward, and gave birth to my not-so-litttle girl at 14.10 on Saturday 16th Dec 2017. I laboured well and gave birth with only gas and air but unfortunately I sustained a...

      by Anonymous, 19 Mar 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Planned c section.

      I am a high risk pregnancy due to my first child born premature at 36 weeks due to FD, and also due to previous pre eclampsia with my 2nd born, (which went undetected for 5 weeks!) and caused my...

      by Anonymous, 27 Oct 2017

      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
      • The tours take place at the weekends, phone Delivery Suite to book, preferably for when 34 weeks and above.
    • 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
      • There are no facilities nearby so make sure to bring your own refreshments.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 68.0 hours per week (40.5%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0121 424 7620 ext. 9604
      • If in labour call: 0121 424 7201 ext. 9201
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • 8am-10pm, partners can stay overnight. Birth partner and 2 other visitors, no children under 16 other than woman's own children.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: for about 4 hours due to capacity issues
      • 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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