Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Royal Berkshire 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 medium 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
  • 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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • Early labour observation rooms
  • Birthing rooms
    • 13 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 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
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £115 per night with en-suite
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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.

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: Berkshire West, South Oxfordshire, Berkshire East
      • 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: Individualised care plan
      • Hearing problems: Individualised care plan. Access to sign language interpreting
      • Sight problems: Call 0118 322 8338 for information leaflets in large print or Braille.
      • Learning disabilities: Learning disabilities coordinators and nurses also available on 0118 322 8338.
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face and telephonic service available 24/7
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Specialist Midwife for Social Inclusion and Domestic Abuse

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Disappointing pre-natal and post-natal care

      I recently had my second baby and when I fell pregnant with her I was apprehensive to say the least after receiving pretty poor pre and post natal care in my first pregnancy. Several of my...

      by Vb1235667, 14 Aug 2019

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    • Very friendly and professional

      I have given birth to our wonderful baby in RBH and just want to say a HUGE thank you to our midwives , to the doctor and to the whole maternity team there. Everyone there is an amazing person as...

      by Anonymous, 07 Jul 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

    • Breech baby
      • If your baby is breech you'll be encouraged to have a caesarean.
    • 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
      • Vending machines
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 91.0 hours per week (54.2%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0118 3227 304
      • If in labour call: 0118 322 7304
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • 9am-9pm: Partners and own children. 3-9pm: All other visitors
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Free parking for partners
      • parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour: £1.50, 1-2 hours: £3, 2- 3 hours: £4.50, 3-4 hours: £6
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 30
      • Reason for closure: for about 4-24 hours either because the delivery suite was full or because there was not a sufficient number of midwives available for the number of women needing 1:1 care
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