The Great Western Hospital, Swindon

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation 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)

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
    • What happens after admission will depend on reason for admission and will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If you require additional birth partners due to special circumstances this can be arranged with the Delivery Suite Clinical Manager.
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: All Delivery Suite room have radio/internet available.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £175
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Reclining chairs are available in most rooms.
  • 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 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.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and 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


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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Swindon and surrounding areas
      • 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: some specialist equipment available.
      • Hearing problems: loop system is in place.
      • Sight problems: additional support will be given.
      • Learning disabilities: you will receive an individualised care plan.
      • Autism spectrum: you will receive an individualised care plan.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the PALS team on tel: 0179 360 4031 or email:
      • translation service available
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Risk Management Midwife, Maternity Medway Lead Midwife

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Birth of my Daughter on Hazel ward

      I was induced in April and gave birth to my daughter about 14hrs later My daughter was delivered with no pain medication other than gas and air by a midwife called Amy who was just incredible....

      by haeliz94, 30 Aug 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Wonderful maternity care on Hazel ward

      Our daughter was born on the 18th July 2018, two weeks and one day past her due date. From the calls from the Hazel ward inviting us in to be induced, to the team on reception, to our wonderful...

      by Anonymous, 07 Aug 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


      Better 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
    • 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 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 a community midwife
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0179 360 4083
      • If in labour call: 0179 360 4575
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Walking is encouraged around the hospital grounds where appropriate. The Antenatal/Postnatal ward has a small garden within the secure unit.
    • Visiting information
      • Visitor policy same for all rooms.
      • Partners, children and step children: 9am-9pm
        General visiting: 2-4.30pm and 6-8pm (children must be over the age of 12)
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking voucher will be provided to park 1 vehicle for 24 hours costing £1 during labour.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £1 per hour
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