Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS 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)
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A new alongside birth unit, Truro Birth Centre, is now open.

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
    • Day room, TV
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 0 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

    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
    • Other: Aromatherapy gradually being introduced.

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are available.
      • £180 per night
    • Provision for partners staying overnight
      • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward 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 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'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


    * 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:
      What is your situation?

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      Who can give birth here?

      • Catchment area
        • Women who live within the catchment area: Cornwall County, Isles of Scilly and holidaymakers.
        • 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: there are rooms and bathrooms with disabled equipment.
        • Hearing problems: interpreters available, loops for hearing impairments.
        • Sight problems: an individualised care plan will be made.
        • Learning disabilities: learning disability support team and we have a special parenting service.
        • Autism spectrum: learning disability support team and special parenting service.
      • Interpreting service
        • Contact the Patient Advice And Liaison Service (PALS) on 0187 225 2793 or
        • written text and leaflets in all other languages available.
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Bereavement
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Perinatal mental health
        • Vulnerable women

      Women's experiences

      Reviews of this hospital

      Source: Care Opinion
      • Outstanding treatment

        I was admitted due to a miscarriage at 16 weeks. I was treated with dignity the whole time and the care I received was outstanding! I expected to have support to deliver the placenta and then be...

        by RJE, 10 Sep 2019

        Read on Care Opinion
      • Giving birth.

        I just wanted to say that my experience of giving birth the second time around was so different to the first. I cant begin to say how greatful I am for my midwife, Kirsty, at the Royal Cornwall...

        by BH20119, 09 Sep 2019

        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


        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
        • Tours can be arranged for women with traumatic previous experience or high levels of anxiety.
        • Take a virtual tour
      • 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 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
        Via your GP
        • Booking phone number: 0187 225 8000
        • If in labour call: 0187 225 8000
      • Outside space
        • Outside space is available for women in labour
        • Women are encouraged to walk around the hospital site.
      • Visiting information
        • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
        • Partners: 8am-10pm (can also stay overnight if they wish).
          Other visitors: 10am-8pm.
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
      • Parking
        • 0-2 hours: £2.50, graduated up to £12.10 for 24 hours
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