Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

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

4600

births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015

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11

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Sterile water for injection
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
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You will be encouraged to go home in early labour. If you require support you can be admitted to the antenatal ward.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 11 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £95 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
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 3 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'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

You will have a named midwife.
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. You can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Statistics

* 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: Medway towns and Swale.
      • 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: Wheelchair access OT support.
      • Hearing problems: Sign interpeter available by booking.
      • Sight problems: Support on an individual basis.
      • Learning disabilities: Safeguarding midwife
      • Autism spectrum: Support on an individual basis.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreter service available. Please state request on the online self-referral form.
      • On site interpreters and 'TheLanguageLine'.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Excellent Care Made the Difference

      I recently gave birth to my first baby at Medway Hospital. I had agreed to be induced as he was 12 days late but had hoped to have a low intervention labour if possible.The midwives on the...

      by Anonymous, 01 Dec 2017

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Medway Maternity Ward

      We recently had our 12 week scan at Medway Hospital that didn't go as well as we were hoping. During the scan we found out that we were a high risk pregnancy. This was obviously very stressful and...

      by Anonymous, 26 Nov 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

      9.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Contact your community midwife.
    • Breech baby
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    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Stage 1 accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Canteen/restaurant
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 98.0 hours per week (58.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01634 830000 ext. 5277
      • If in labour call: 01634 825277
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • 10am-1pm and 3-9pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • At Medway Maritime Hospital, car parking revenue is placed directly back into patient care.
        Charges are: Up to 2 hours: £3
        2-3 hours: £4
        3-4 hours: £5
        4-24 hours: £8
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