Leicester Royal Infirmary

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 large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)
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Home birth statistics not available at this time.

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
    • You will need to go home in early labour, or otherwise go to a ward with the facilities available there.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 17 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Birth partners are welcomed and encouraged to play an active role in giving support.
    • 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: All birthing rooms on the delivery suite offer en-suite facilities. Meals are available for all women able to eat and are served via a buffet cart

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £67
  • 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 12-24 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 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.

You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. 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


* 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: 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. Carers can stay with you in the hospital.
      • Hearing problems: Interpreter with signing.
      • Sight problems: You will have a pre-birth assessment. Carers can stay with you in the hospital
      • Learning disabilities: You will have a pre-birth assessment. Carers can stay with you in the hospital
      • Autism spectrum: Carers can stay with you in the hospital.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the ward to arrange interpreting services.
      • assistance given where required. epidural leaflets available in other languages on request.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Health and Wellbeing

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Antenatal Clinic

      Have been attending the antenatal clinic for scans and other appointments. Each time i have arrived before my appointment time and each time ive had to wait half an hour plus to actually get seen....

      by Anonymous, 05 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Excellent care during the delivery of my baby

      Firstly the birthing suite was clean and comfortable, the staff were friendly, knowledgable, I felt the care was personal and I was treated as an individual. My birth had a few complications which...

      by Anonymous, 15 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

    • 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
      • Vending machines in catering department
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
    • 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 6451/6452
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Birth partner and patient's own children: 10am-9.30pm Other visiting: 2-4pm and 6-8pm 2 visitors plus partner at any one time. Children under 12 will not be allowed admission to the ward areas.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • 20 minute drop off time immediately outside and then parking passes for main carparks available for a fee on submission of a form obtained from ward.
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour: £1.70 1 to 2 hours: £2.70 2 to 3 hours: £3.00 3 to 4 hours: £4.00 4 to 8 hours: £6.00 8 to 12 hours: £10.00 12 to 24 hours: £12.00 Night Tariff: 8pm-6am £2.00 Available from the Car Park Office.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 24
      • Reason for closure: Staffing, workload, maintenance 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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