Leicester General Hospital

University Hospitals Of Leicester 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 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
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
    • If you are in early labour and have had an uncomplicated pregnancy you will be encouraged to return home until labour is established.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • It is very unusual for the numbers of birth partners to be altered. Women experiencing pregnancy bereavement can have unlimited visiting as long as they wish to.
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • 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: women who wish hypnobirthing will be supported in this. usually the antenatal preparations are done prior to admission in labour.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • 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 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 6 and for postnatal appointments it's 6.

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. You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal 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
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: Leicester and Leicestershire
      • 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: health and safety and manual handling assessment prior to delivery. liaison with other members of the multidisciplinary team.
      • Hearing problems: email contact for access. pre-bookable signing services if required.
      • Sight problems: pre-birth assessment to ascertain the likelihood of difficulties during the admission. carers and/or guide dog can stay in the unit, if necessary.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have a pre-birth assessment. Carers can stay with you in the hospital-depending on severity of condition.
      • Autism spectrum: carers can stay with you in the hospital.
    • Interpreting service
      • interpreter service available. not necessarily face to face, this has to be pre-booked. telephone interpreting available 24/7.
      • often there are staff members are around who can communicate in a variety of languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Migrants, hypertension, infectious diseases

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity need improvements

      I went for my 14week scan today to check on my babies health not only was it 30minutes late even tho they say it’s on time then when having my photos dome she pushed down really hard on my...

      by Anonymous, 16 May 2019

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    • Unplanned C-Section

      I came here for a normal delivery on a booked induction on a Monday. Same Monday I noted I had a flare up n so it’s not safe to have vaginal birth as it gets passed to LO while birth. ...

      by Gen, 10 May 2019

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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


      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
    • 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
      • Hospital WRVS shop and hospital restaurant.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0116 258 4834
      • If in labour call: 0116 258 4807 ext. 0116 258 4552
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Small private courtyard outside bereavement suite, private access only. Large hospital grounds that are accessible but not private.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Birth partners: 9.00am-9.30pm Other relatives: 2-4pm and 6-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There is a car park at this unit right outside the entrance
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Free disabled parking Daily rate of £5 for primary carer or partner 1 hour: £1.50 2 hours: £2.50 3 hours: £3 Up to 6 hours: £8 Up to 12 hours: £10 Up to 24 hours: £12.
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