Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan

Wrightington, Wigan And Leigh 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 small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The number of birth supporters can be discussed with the midwife offering care to the woman to ensure family needs are fully met.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
    • 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 4-24 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.

You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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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: The whole of Ashton, Wigan and Leigh Borough and surrounding areas.
      • 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: Adjustable height beds and cots; wide doors. There is a disabled bathroom shared between the Delivery Suite and the Maternity Ward; all en-suites have showers with pull-down seats and there are disabled shower and toilet facilities.
      • Hearing problems: Hearing Loop on both the Maternity Ward and the Delivery Suite.
      • Sight problems: Guide Dogs can visit the Maternity Ward. Partners can stay on the ward if requested or if you or your baby need to remain in hospital.
      • Learning disabilities: There is a specialist learning disability nurse who assists on the planning and provision of care. Partners or carers can stay on the ward if requested or if the mother and baby needs to remain in hospital.
      • Autism spectrum: Partners or carers can stay on the ward if requested or if the mother and baby needs to remain in hospital. Priority would be given for a side room.
    • Interpreting service
      • You can use the telephone interpreter or face to face service.
      • Patient information leaflets in different languages can be provided.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Health Improvement, Public Health

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Amazing service

      I had my baby here in june, amazing treatment and care from all midwifery staff. Thank you for such an amazing birthing experience and the care for the 3 nights i spent here. 5 star treatment.

      by Anonymous, 14 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Gave birth in April 18

      After reading some of the reviews about this maternity unit I was very apprehensive. I’ve recently moved to the area and was even contemplating making my way down to my old area to give birth. I’m...

      by Anonymous, 21 May 2018

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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
      • 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
      • 24-hour food available on the ward.
      • 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
      All GP surgeries and clinics
      Contact your midwife directly
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01942 775700
      • If in labour call: 01942 778505 or 01942 778628
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners: 10am-9pm, Other visitors: 2-3pm and 7-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Maternity staff can provide a parking ticket for free parking for 24 hours.
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit.
    • Parking
      • Up to 2 hours: £2.00, 2-4 hours: £4.00, over 4 hours: £5.00.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 3
      • Reason for closure: Each closure was for a few hours due to higher than average workload/patients on the ward.
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