St James's University Hospital, Leeds

Leeds Teaching 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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We are based on two hospital sites LGI and SJH with similar services across city - the home birth service is coordinated across the city from both hospital sites. We aim to provide a personalised professional service to women and their families and welcome any questions.

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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Based on individual assessment
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 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 more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £55 for non ensuite, £75 for ensuite rooms.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Women who have had straightforward births can stay with their partner on the delivery suite until discharged (as soon as possible) to go home. If women need/want to stay longer they are moved to the postnatal ward where there are no partners.
  • 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 4 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 have a named midwife who will provide most of your antenatal and postnatal care. In labour you will be attended by our delivery suite midwives. On the delivery suite we have both midwifery and consultant led 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
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: All of Leeds plus some of the surrounding areas of Wakefield and Bradford.
      • 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: accessibility, risk assessment and dedicated individual birth plans.
      • Hearing problems: antenatal assessment and birth plans.
      • Sight problems: antenatal assessment and birth plans.
      • Learning disabilities: antenatal assessment and birth plans-specialist LD champions to support women.
      • Autism spectrum: antenatal assessment and birth plans.
    • Interpreting service
      • May have interpreter present, or 'TheLanguageLine' if none available to attend.
      • specialist antenatal services. Some visual communication aids available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Twins and multiples

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • August 2019

      I had my baby on the 16th Aug 2019 c-section, this was my 1st baby and I was so scared every single member of staff was amazing and I thank them all so much, they made me feel safe and gave me all...

      by Anonymous, 30 Aug 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • maternity staff don’t listen!!

      I’m currently 37 weeks pregnant and hvebeen in multiple times during this pregnancy regarding reduced movements. Rather than reassuring me, I’m stuck on a monitor for ten minutes and told...

      by Anonymous, 17 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

    • Tours
      • We run a two weekly sessions which incorporates a tour, they can also access if they attend the hospital antenatal clinic if activity is reasonable.
      • 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
      • Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Costa Coffee and other food retail outlets with long opening hours.
        Hospital canteens, limited openings.
      • 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
      Register with an email accessed by community team leaders and then booking appointment arranged.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0113 206 6241
      • If in labour call: 0113 206 9103
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Grounds around the hospital easily accessible. No dedicated space for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • One partner: 24 hours Other visitors: 2-4 6-8pm Children of patient welcome to visit.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Local council rates, or up to £12 per day in Trust multi-storey car park
    • Temporary closures
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