Royal Stoke University Hospital

University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust

Last updated: 26 Jun 2018

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 large unit

6300

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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16

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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
    • Refreshments are available and there is access to a communal day room. However women encouraged to go home if not in established labour.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 16 labour rooms
    • 0 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
    • Birthing stools
    • TV
    • Rocking chair
    • Other: All rooms have an ensuite bathroom with a hydrotherapy spa bath.

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are available.
      • £250 for 2 nights (a shorter stay would see you getting money reimbursed)
    • 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 6-12 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

    You will have a named midwife and will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. You mare more likely to see the same midwife antenatally. Care is provided ina variety of settings including GP surgeries, Children's Centres, Health Centres and occasionally at your home. 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. You can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

    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: Stoke on Trent, Stafford and surrounds of Staffordshire.
        • 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: all areas accessible. Rooms have ensuite facilities and walk in showers.
        • Hearing problems: hearing Loop installed in building. access to sign language interpreters.
        • Sight problems: no specific adaptations. All woman will have individualised plans of care.
        • Learning disabilities: no specific adaptations. we liaise with our local learning disability teams, both in the community and within the hospital, to ensure individualised care.
        • Autism spectrum: no specific adaptations. All woman will have individualised plans of care
      • Interpreting service
        • Interpreter service phone number: 01782 676676 or email: interpreter@uhns.nhs.uk
        • information in other languages available and access to interpreter services.
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Bereavement
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Perinatal mental health
        • Substance misuse
        • Teenage pregnancy
        • Vulnerable women

      Women's experiences

      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

        8.6/10

        About the same compared with other trusts

      • Staff

        8.7/10

        About the same compared with other trusts

      • Care in hospital after birth

        7.5/10

        About the same compared with other trusts

      General information

      • Tours
      • Non-NHS Care
        • Private maternity care isn't available here.
      • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Neonatal care
        • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
      • Food for partners out-of-hours
        • Vending machine
      • Consultant presence
        • Consultants are on the ward 98.0 hours per week (58.3%)
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      • Contact information
      • How to book once you're pregnant
        Via your GP
        • Booking phone number: 01782 672181
        • If in labour call: 01782 672300
      • Outside space
        • Outside space is available for women in labour
        • There are outside spaces available however they are not directly linked to any of the labour suites.
      • Visiting information
        • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
        • Partners and children: 8am-9pm Other visitors: 6-9pm
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • 20 minute drop-off bays and concessionary parking for partners.
        • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay. We provide free parking for partner whilst in labour.
      • Parking
        • Up to 1 hour-£1.70, up to £8.60 for 24 hours.
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