Peterborough City Hospital

North West Anglia 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

4750

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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14

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
    • Maternity Helpline, maternity triage (assessment) for advice and support.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 14 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £85 per night if available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • 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 2.

You will have a named midwife. 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

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: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.
      • 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: Specialist midwife for women with disabilities, individual assessment and support plans will be provided.
      • Hearing problems: Languageline and BSL interpreter.
      • Sight problems: individual needs assessed in the antenatal period and at time of admission.
      • Learning disabilities: Specialist midwife for women with disabilities and individual care plans will be provided.
      • Autism spectrum: Specialist midwife for women with disabilities and individual care plans will be provided
    • Interpreting service
      • Language Line interpreting service. In house interpreters are also available at certain times.
      • TheLanguageline and BSL interpreter.
    • 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
    • Heavenly treatment on Women's Health Ward!

      This is the second day in which I can now use my hands to type with and so I am elated to finaly be able to give PCH the 100% praise feedback that I experienced whilst at your wonderful...

      by Anonymous, 31 Oct 2018

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    • What's the point of an unhelpful helpline

      Called the maternity helpline after complications with my C section. Was confronted by a dismissive rude midwife. Was told I'd been given incorrect info from the GP and previous call to this...

      by Anonymous, 28 Jul 2018

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    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • 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 machine, restaurant.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 96.0 hours per week (57.1%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01733 677453
      • If in labour call: 01733 677266
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Visiting: 2-8pm. The only children allowed to visit are siblings.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • The car park is close to the Maternity Entrance. Discounted car parking for birth partners during the birth.
      • Drop off outside entrance with concessionary parking for partners.
    • Parking
      • Concession in labour £2.60.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 3
      • Reason for closure: Once for one hour due to staff shortages before the start of the next shift. Once for five hours due to staff not being able to care for the increased number of women needing to use the service. Once for a few hours again due to the increase of women needing to use the service at that time.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Park Birth Centre
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