South West Acute Hospital

Western Health and Social Care Trust

Last updated: 28 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 small unit

1000

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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11

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)
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A home birth is offered to all women at booking. It is an open offer throughout your pregnancy which you can discuss at any time with your midwife.

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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 11 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • All single rooms. (not amenity)
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a 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.

We have a team of midwives attached to each area. They care for the woman within that small team. Midwives are attached to named GP practices to ensure continuity. Therefore the same midwife will look after that women in the antenatal & postnatal period. The exception would be if they are off on leave or the mother is part of the 'Getting Ready for Baby' programme. If they are unwell or on holiday the mothers are provided with a communication mobile number for community midwives and the maternity hospital they are booked for to contact should they need help/advice.

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: Fermanagh, South and West Tryone
      • 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: no particular provision, dealt with on individual basis.
      • Hearing problems: sign language interpreter if required, hearing aid circuit.
      • Sight problems: no particular provision, dealt with on individual basis.
      • Learning disabilities: no particular provision, dealt with on individual basis.
      • Autism spectrum: no particular provision, dealt with on individual basis.
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face interpreter and TheBigWord.
      • some information leaflets in alternative languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Birth Choices Midwife, Antenatal Reflexology Midwife, Parent Craft Midwives, Getting Ready for Baby programme, Aquanatal midwives, Hypnobirthing midwives, Parent Craft Programme midwives.

    General information

    • Tours
    • 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
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 45.0 hours per week (26.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      02866 382110
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 08266 382175/02867 724814/02882 833107
      • If in labour call: 02866 382531
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • All single rooms.
      • 3-4.30pm, 7pm-8.30pm with open visiting for partner.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements.
    • Parking
      • Some free spaces othewise £0.80 per hour.
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