Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

Stockport 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

3250

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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9

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
    • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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.
    • £75 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • 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 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 2 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.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and during labour, but different midwives after your baby is born.

You will have a named midwife. You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. 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.

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: Stockport/High Peak
      • 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: Individualised care plan based upon their needs.
      • Hearing problems: Individualised care plan based upon their needs.
      • Sight problems: Individualised care plan based upon their needs.
      • Learning disabilities: Individualised care plan based upon their needs.
      • Autism spectrum: Individualised care plan based upon their needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • We utilise telephone and face to face interpreting services if required.
      • We utilise an interpreting service for those women who do not speak/read English.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity

      Having just had a baby at SHH this past weekend I wanted to leave a review about how amazing the quality of care was. Not once was I ever left unattended or did I feel uncared for. I had a long...

      by Anonymous, 12 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Maternity Services

      Further to my previous review regarding the water pressure here (which is excellent - the showers here must be amazing) which was taken in good humour, it is only fair that I leave a real...

      by Anonymous, 24 Jul 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

      9.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • You and your partner can have a tour of our maternity service at Stepping Hill Hospital. There is no need to pre-book as these operate every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Meet at 6.30pm in the Antenatal Clinic reception area.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • 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
      • 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
      • Local cafe, shop, dining/kitchen
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • 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: 0161 419 5551
      • If in labour call: 0161 419 5551
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for the postnatal ward
      • Partners: open visiting. Other visitors: 2-3.30pm and 7-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Concessions are available to pregnant women.
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • There is a pay and display system in operation. However you can buy a pass which covers you throughout your pregnancy and for the birth.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 19
      • Reason for closure: for, on average, six hours at a time.
      • 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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