Sunderland Royal Hospital

City Hospitals Sunderland 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

3150

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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21

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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 21 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If needed, an interpreter can be there in addition to 2 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • 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 4 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'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

This unit aims to provide you with continuity of care, antenatally, during labour and postnatally, using a team midwifery model of care.

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: There is no specific catchment area.
      • 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: There is an extra large delivery room and a delivery room for women with limited mobility.
      • Hearing problems: You will have support from appropriate services
      • Sight problems: You will have support from appropriate services
      • Learning disabilities: You will have support from appropriate services
      • Autism spectrum: You will have support from appropriate services
    • Interpreting service
      • thebigword' interpretation service.
      • You will be given information in your own language
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Very positive experience massive thanks to staff.

      I found sunderland staff where brillant throughout my pregnancy and my labour. Very supportive, imformative and their duty of care was impecable. I had a pretty easy pregnancy however labour was...

      by Anonymous, 05 Sep 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Maternity assessment room

      We visited the maternity assessment room this afternoon and the heat in the room was unbearable. When we asked the midwife about this she explained that they had already made a request for help and...

      by Anonymous, 23 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

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      9.2/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.5/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tours of the unit every Sunday afternoon at 2pm. There is no need to book, just attend if you wish.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • 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
      • Local shops
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 66.0 hours per week (39.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0191 569 9777
      • If in labour call: 0191 569 9777
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • 10am-8pm for partners and other children, 2pm-5pm and 6pm-8pm for other visitors.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Discounted parking for long stay patients
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • If you overstay, you can top up at the pay machine in the car park. There is a facility to pay parking fees on exit from the car park. If you have no change, you can pay by phone using your debit/credit card.
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