Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

Gateshead Health 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 very small 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
    • If you decide to stay, single ensuite accommodation may be available (induction rooms) and, if so, partners can also stay
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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 not 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 in a double bed
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Bed sit (double bed) is available but is mainly used as a separate bereavement room
  • 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 6-24 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 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.

If you live out of the hospital catchment area you can only be seen at the maternity unit or by midwives in your local area antenatally and postnatally but come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when 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: Gateshead, Newcastle, Washington, South Shields, Sunderland and Durham
      • 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: Access to wheelchairs, moving & handling equipment, seating in walk-in showers
      • Hearing problems: Signing can be arranged if required. Social services can supply equipment in the home to support caring for your baby
      • Sight problems: Social services can supply equipment in the home to support caring for your baby
      • Learning disabilities: Assessed on an individual basis
      • Autism spectrum: Individualised care plans will be devised
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are available to attend at any time of day or night. They can attend in person or on occasions telephone conferencing may be appropriate.
      • Leaflets are available in other languages. Other information can be obtained antenatally.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Public health, risk, ultrasound, safeguarding

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Paramedic help

      On the 21 April 2019, 3.24am my new granddaughter Bo was delivered in the back of an ambulance just minutes from the Mat unit in the QE Gateshead, two male paramedics were just fantastic in such a...

      by Anonymous, 30 Apr 2019

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    • Excellent care in maternity unit

      I have made it through a very happy and wonderful first time pregnancy and birth thanks to the wonderful maternity team at the QE hospital. I have had multiple visits for growth scans and every...

      by Anonymous, 08 Apr 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
      • There is a drinks machine in the day room providing a selection of coffees and teas. Hospital restaurant close by and open 24 hours
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 68.0 hours per week (40.5%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0191 445 2763
      • If in labour call: 0191 445 2764
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partner and own children: 10am - 12pm & 1-7.45pm (24/7 for partners staying). All other visitors 2pm-3pm then 6.30-7.30pm, three visitors only at a time. No children other than brothers or sisters under the age of five are allowed due to infection risks to newborns 2pm-3pm then 6.30-7.30pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Free in labour
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