Harrogate District Hospital

Harrogate And District 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 very small 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: Hypnobirthing courses available and supported on the unit
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 delivery suite/birthing room
    • Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC) is open daily 8am-8pm. Women are transferred to the Delivery Suite or advised to go home if not in established labour.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • For women who request more than 2 birth partners this would be discussed on an individual basis.
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Aromatherapy lamps

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £90 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • We are in the process of buying additional reclining chairs.
  • 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 3 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.

For women in the Harrogate area, care will be provided during the antenatal and postnatal periods by a small team of community midwives to aim for continuity of care. If you are booked under consultant care, you will also see the consultant during the antenatal period along with your small team of community midwives. Care in labour and postnatal period is provided by midwives who work in the hospital setting. Out of area women have care by their named community midwife, care in labour is provided by midwives in the hospital then after discharge home your care is returned back to your community midwifery team based in your area.

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: Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon, Leeds, York and the surrounding areas
      • 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: your needs will be assessed and a plan of care made on an individual basis.
      • Hearing problems: you will have your needs assessed and a plan of care made on an individual basis.
      • Sight problems: you will have your needs assessed and a plan of care made on an individual basis.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have your needs assessed and a plan of care made on an individual basis.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have your needs assessed and a plan of care made on an individual basis.
    • Interpreting service
      • Spoken language interpreting provided for people whose first language is not English. Interpretation over the telephone is the default Trust position. A face to face interpreter is booked if requested by the clinician or woman
      • you will have your needs assessed and a plan of care made on an individual basis.
    • 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
    • Maternity services/Delivery Suite/Pannal Ward

      Four weeks ago I gave birth at Harrogate Hospital to my daughter. It could not have been a more positive experience. From the amazing midwife who attended her birth, to the amazing midwives and...

      by Anonymous, 18 Apr 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Fabulous pre and postnatal care

      I had recently moved to the area and discovered I was pregnant with my second child having had my first in Leeds. From the initial booking in appointment and community midwife appointments it...

      by Anonymous, 25 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


      Better 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
    • 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
      • The staff canteen is also open to the public.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 40.0 hours per week (23.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You can self-refer to the midwife online or at your GP's surgery
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0142 355 3010
      • If in labour call: 0142 355 3184 ext. 3185
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a small paved garden area.
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for the postnatal ward
      • Partners and siblings: 8am-10pm. Other visitors: 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Partners can stay overnight if they would like to.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Separate hospital entrance near the antenatal clinic for easier access to the maternity department.
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • First 30 minutes free; £2.60 for up to 1.5 hours; £9.10 all day. Weekly tickets available for £34.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 14
      • Reason for closure: closed for an average of 6 hours (range 2-8 hours) due to increased activity levels
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