Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS 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 large unit

5350

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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10

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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • Home assessments by a community midwife may become available in the future
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 5 Birth pool(s)
      • 4 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If you consent, your birth may be observed by an NCT trainee doula gaining experience within the unit.
    • 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 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 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 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.

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: Worcestershire and surrounding areas (South Birmingham, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire & Hereford).
      • 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 will be a pre-birth planning meeting to assess, identify and support your needs with help from physiotherapists and occupational therapists as required.
      • Hearing problems: There will be a pre-birth planning meeting to assess, identify and support your needs.
      • Sight problems: There will be a pre-birth planning meeting to assess, identify and support your needs.
      • Learning disabilities: There will be a pre-birth planning meeting to assess, identify and support your needs.
      • Autism spectrum: There will be a pre-birth planning meeting to assess, identify and support your needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • There is a 24 hour telephone service and a pre-bookable 1:1 interpretation service.
      • Relevant written information where possible, in your preferred language.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Shocking

      really really disappointed and upset with the treatment I have received from the maternity triage department over the last few weeks. After experience some funny symptoms from 28 weeks and seeing...

      by Anonymous, 06 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Couldn’t fault the hospital or staff

      The staff were amazing and I could not thank them enough for their care and support during my stay at the hospital. The hospital was very clean and comfortable.

      by Anonymous, 06 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

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • 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.
    • 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
      • RVS shop open daily and coffee shops open at weekends.
      • 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
      Direct booking with the midwife
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01905 760573
      • If in labour call: 01905 733196
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Courtyard area open to general public by the main restaurant - not private
    • Visiting information
      • Partner can stay overnight
      • Partner and siblings of the baby: 10am-10pm. Other visitors: 3-4pm and 6-8pm. No more than two visitors per bed at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Park as near to the front entrance as possible. Take your partner to the maternity unit and then move your car afterwards.
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • There are two car parks, both owned by a private company and payable prior to leaving.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: for approximately 2 days, due to lack of available beds in the NICU.
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