James Paget University Hospital, Great Yarmouth

James Paget University Hospitals 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 small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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 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
    • An individualised care plan will be agreed with you
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 labour rooms
    • 0 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 0 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If you wish any particular arrangements regarding birth supporters, a plan can be agreed prior to labour or discussed at the time of admission, and will be viewed supportively.
    • 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Approximately £100 but priority is given to those with clinical need to use these rooms above amenity requests.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a 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 4-6 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 5 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.

Antenatal care is based at your GP's surgery with a named midwife to provide antenatal continuity of carer.If your live out of the hospital catchment area you will have care by midwives in your own location, but may attend this hospital for birth.

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: Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and 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: You will received an individualised care plan in partnership with an obstetric physiotherapist.
      • Hearing problems: Hearing loop available: please ask
      • Sight problems: You will received an individualised care plan
      • Learning disabilities: You will received an individualised care plan in partnership with a learning disability nurse and specialist midwife
      • Autism spectrum: You will received an individualised care plan in partnership with a specialist midwife
    • Interpreting service
      • LanguageLine telephone service is used. Face to face interpreters can be booked but are often not able to attend at short notice.
      • Leaflets can be requested in different languages
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Women's Experience Midwife.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • The way they made me feel

      I felt intimidated and looked down upon by a midwife. I lost my boy last year so I’m consultant led and should of been looked after professionally, but instead was treated and spoke to like a piece...

      by TJ4, 28 May 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Disgusting service provided by a midwife

      I am writing this review based on my experience tonight, 01.04.2018. I am 27 weeks pregnant nearly and I arrived at the hospital at 6pm following a fall that I had today and due to being pregnant...

      by Anonymous, 01 Apr 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


      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
      • Tuesday each week at 1pm - Meet at entrance to Central Delivery Suite.
    • 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 in hospital entrance.
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 40.0 hours per week (23.8%)
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You will be informed of all your choices for place of birth. Community midwives will recommend birth at home or in the midwife led unit if you are at low risk of complications during the birth.
      • Booking phone number: 01493 452266
      • If in labour call: 01493 452480
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Opening visiting for birth partners, others by individual arrangement dependant on the woman's needs. From 9am -9pm for partners. Post natal ward for up to 3 visitors from 3-4:30 and from 7-9:00. Siblings welcome but no other children please.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Passes can be arranged in special circumstances
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Please see the following link:http://jamespaget.mentordigital.co.uk/patients-visitors/parking/
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: 2 hours and 40 minutes
      • 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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