Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne

Tameside Hospital 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 small unit

2450

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Early labour rooms on Central Delivery Suite; antenatal day unit or the inpatient ward - depending on need
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 2 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Other: Although alternative therapies are not provided by the unit, their use is encouraged. The midwives will work alongside alternative therapy practitioners

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • There is no charge for amenity rooms, however they are allocated according to individual need
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Facilities are available or can be arranged
  • 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 5 and for postnatal appointments it's 5.

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

There is a community team based approach to care which is being reviewed to improve continuity of carer and provide care closer to your home. You are encouraged to ask for what you need so that the service can respond to what you want.

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: Tameside/Glossop/Oldham/East Manchester/Stockport
      • 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: Central Delivery Suite has recently been refurbished and all rooms are ensuite with assisting facilities if required
      • Hearing problems: Nationally recognised signers for those women with hearing impairment
      • Sight problems: You will have your needs assessed on an individual basis
      • Learning disabilities: You will receive enhanced care from the midwifery team and the learning disability team
      • Autism spectrum: You will receive enhanced care from the midwifery team and the learning disability team
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters can be arranged as and when required. LanguageLine telephone interpreting service
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Smoking cessation

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Labour

      I gave birth to my 3rd child in November 2017, I had a little girl. My girl came out perfectly but then things went from bad to worse. My midwife Toni did a great job in getting my daughter out...

      by Vickster, 27 Sep 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Emergency C section

      I was due to give birth naturally last week at Tameside general hospital after being induced, things didn’t quite go to plan which resulted in me being rushed to theatre and having to have an...

      by Jade1990, 21 Sep 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      9.3/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.7/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • 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
      • Vending machines are available in the entrance to the Staff Restaurant, first floor, Hartshead Building. Open 24 hours offering hot and cold drinks, hot and cold snacks and confectionery
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0161 922 6150/6159/6161
      • If in labour call: 0161 922 6173/6172
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • You are free to leave the Central Delivery Suite if you wish.
    • Visiting information
      • Birth partners 8am-9pm. Grandparents and siblings 11am-12pm and 6.30-7.30pm. General visiting 3-4.30pm and 7.30- 8.30pmGeneral visiting 7.30pm-8.30pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • £6 per day. Reduced parking fees available on application for long stay patients.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 5
      • Reason for closure: once due to an IT system incident and four times due to staff shortages. Closed for between 4-18 hours each time.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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