Russells Hall Hospital

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

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 2016 to Apr 2017



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 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
    • Triage (assessment) area, single rooms, drinks
  • Birthing rooms
    • 11 labour rooms
    • 0 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • Usually two birth partners but discretionary.
      • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
    • Birthing stools
    • TV
    • Rocking chair

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are 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 2 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.

    We strive to give continuity of care by a named midwife in the antenatal period.

    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:
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      Who can give birth here?

      • Catchment area
        • Women who live within the catchment area: Women who live in Dudley 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: you will be seen by a specialist midwife and a plan discussed with you
        • Hearing problems: you will be seen by a named midwife and a plan discussed with you.
        • Sight problems: you will be seen by a named midwife and a plan discussed with you.
        • Learning disabilities: you will be seen by a specialist midwife and our learning disabilities nurse and a plan will be discussed with you.
        • Autism spectrum: you will be seen by a specialist midwife and a plan discussed. Additional specialist will be involved if required.
      • Interpreting service
        • If you are unable to speak or understand English, inform the staff in the department or ward that you will be attending.
        • you will be seen by a named midwife and a plan discussed with you.
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Substance misuse
        • Vulnerable women

      Women's experiences

      Reviews of this hospital

      Source: Care Opinion
      • Maternity

        Just to say a big thank you to all staff and doctor's because without their quick actions and experiance early morning on 26.3.2018 my grandson may not have lived. Thank you to you all.

        by Anonymous, 05 Nov 2018

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      • Mixed maternity care experience

        I had my little boy at Russell’s Hall in February 2018 after going to and from numerous times after being in labour from early hours of Friday morning. I was finally told to come in to be examined...

        by Flirty, 10 Sep 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
        • Call 0138 424 4358
      • 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.
      • 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
        • The restaurant is located near to the unit open 24/7 with vending machines out of hours.
        • Vending machine
      • Consultant presence
        • Consultants are on the ward 90.0 hours per week (53.6%)
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      • Contact information
      • How to book once you're pregnant
        Via your GP
        • Booking phone number: 0138 424 4360
        • If in labour call: 0138 445 6111 ext. 3053
      • Outside space
        • There is no outside space available for women in labour
      • Visiting information
        • No difference
        • Partners only 9am-10pm. Other visitors 3-4pm and 7-8pm, partners and two visitors at any one time. In the period after birth, grandparents are all allowed one 30 minute visit.
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • Drop off outside entrance maximum 10 minutes stay
      • Parking
        • £5.60 per day
      • Temporary closures
        • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 11
        • Reason for closure: The unit never closes, we operate at escalation levels 3 and 4. Level 3 is when we divert to surrounding units.
        • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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