Whiston Hospital

St Helens And Knowsley Hospitals NHS 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
    • The Midwife caring for you will explain where you are in your labour and discuss with you, your best plan of care.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 17 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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: Music is available via the radio stations on the TV system in each room

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
    • Partners can stay overnight on a chair if their partner is being cared for in a side 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 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: St Helens, Knowlsey areas, Widnes/Halton, Warrington and Liverpool 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: We discuss individual needs and tailor provisions accordingly.
      • Hearing problems: Support is also available via British Sign Language.
      • Sight problems: Guide dogs are accommodated within our service.
      • Learning disabilities: The Trust uses the Health Passport for individuals with learning disabilities.
      • Autism spectrum: We would base provision on assessment of individual needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • An interpreter is arranged via a request to the midwife caring for you.
      • Information in languages other than English are available via your midwife.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Public Health Smoking cessation

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Superb support and care from maternity unit

      Had our first child delivered at Whiston, the maternity unit was excellent. Providing reassurance during the pregnancy and first rate care during the delivery. The facilities were excellent and...

      by Anonymous, 17 Aug 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Many thanks!!

      I would just like to say how lovely the sonographer was in the maternity women's ultrasound department who did my scan yesterday. she was so professional and compassionate not to mention thorough...

      by Anonymous, 05 Apr 2019

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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


      About the same 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
      • The tour is arranged when you attend for your parent education course. There is also a 'drop-in' tour on Sundays. You need to meet at the Main Reception on Level One at 1.30pm
    • 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
      • Hot vending is available in the canteen
      • 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
      Community Midwife
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0151 430 1234
      • If in labour call: 0151 430 - 1502 / 1503 / 4489
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners and own children only: 8am-10pm. General visiting: 2.30-3.30pm and 6pm-7.30pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking concessions are available where stay is longer than 6 hours for Labour Ward
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £1 per hour and £6 maximum per day for 24 hours. Weekly pass is available to buy for £10 which can be used to come and go anytime within that week.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: due to a large number of women giving birth.
      • 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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