Warrington Hospital

Warrington And Halton Hospitals 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

2800

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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7

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
    • There is an Induction bay where partners can stay for 24hrs, so early labourers can mobilise if they don't want to/are unable to go home.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 labour rooms
    • 0 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
      • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
    • Birthing stools
    • TV
    • Rocking chair
    • Other: For women choosing a water birth, an individualised plan will be developed by the consultant midwife to utilise the birthing pools in the birth centre.

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Provision for partners staying overnight
      • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
    • 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 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.

    All women are allocated a named midwife. Midwives are split into small teams to provide antenatal and postnatal care. For women booked for shared care (care between the community midwives and doctors in the hospital) you will see your named midwife, or one of the team members in the community, and the team at the hospital if required. If you choose to have your baby in the obstetric unit, care will be provided by the hospital staff. If you choose to have your baby in the birth centre, care will be provided by birth centre staff and community midwives.

    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: Warrington, Cadishead, Northwich, Wigan, Runcorn, St Helens, Newton-Le -Willows and Widnes. Women from outside the catchment area can also book for intrapartum care.
        • 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: Disabled showers, hand rails, wheelchair accessible bathrooms. Labour ward complies with the current British accessibility standards.
        • Hearing problems: Sign language Interpreter available if required. Text speak telephone facility.
        • Sight problems: All rooms and corridors are clutter free and women are assisted with mobilisation as necessary. Some leaflets available in Braille.
        • Learning disabilities: A plan is made antenatally. There is a vulnerable adults Matron, a Safeguarding Midwife and a Perinatal Mental Health team and Specialist Mental Health Consultant Obstetrician to coordinate care.
        • Autism spectrum: This unit uses the Health Passport. A plan is put in place antenatally with the Safeguarding Midwife and a Perinatal Mental Health team and Specialist Mental Health Consultant Obstetrician.
      • Interpreting service
        • Telephone interpreting service.
        • Information leaflets are provided in a variety of languages. Cultural needs are taken into consideration if chaplaincy services are needed.
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Bereavement
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Perinatal mental health
        • Substance misuse
        • Teenage pregnancy
        • Vulnerable women
        • Consultant midwife birth choices; aromatherapy; acupuncture; smoking cessation; sonographer.

      Women's experiences

      Reviews of this hospital

      Source: Care Opinion
      • My Birth

        I had my first baby , a boy, in September and i had disjointed antenatal care, never seeing my named midwife, but i felt well informed by those i did see. i felt well supported, safe and cared for...

        by Whiterose, 02 Oct 2018

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      • Excellent care received from deceivers suite...

        A huge Thankyou to the staff who cared for me at 34 week’s pregnant on the delivery suite and C23. I was admitted by ambulance with excruciating abdominal pains. I was dealt with immediately and...

        by Anonymous, 31 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

        8.6/10

        About the same compared with other trusts

      • Staff

        8.1/10

        Worse compared with other trusts

      • Care in hospital after birth

        7.2/10

        Worse 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
        • There are various vending machine points including on the ground floor of the Croft Wing.
        • 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: 01925 662260
        • If in labour call: 01925662334
      • Outside space
        • There is no outside space available for women in labour
      • Visiting information
        • Partners and children: 10.30am-10pm. Family and friends (children must be over 12 years old): 3-4pm and 6.30-7.30pm. Maximum of 5 visitors per bed.
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • There are some drop-off spaces outside the Accident & Emergency department.
        • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
      • Parking
        • First 30 minutes free, 30 minutes to 5 hours: £3, 5 hours to 24 hours: £5
      • Temporary closures
        • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
        • Reason for closure: for 4 hours due to a large number of high risk women in the labour ward.
        • 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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