Wythenshawe Hospital

Manchester University 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 medium unit

4250

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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9

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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 0

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: Tens hire available for a small charge.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £70 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can't stay 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 4-6 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 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

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: South Manchester, Trafford Stockport, Wilmslow and Macclesfield.
      • 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: your needs will be individually assessed and appropriate adjustments put in place.
      • Hearing problems: your needs will be individually assessed and appropriate adjustments put in place.
      • Sight problems: your needs will be individually assessed and appropriate adjustments put in place.
      • Learning disabilities: your needs will be individually assessed and appropriate adjustments put in place.
      • Autism spectrum: your needs will be individually assessed and appropriate adjustments put in place.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpretation and Translation services are available through the intranet.
      • information in first language.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Ultra sound

      I recently was admitted to hospital and was sent for a ultra sound in the maternity department, this was one of the most uncomfortable and embarrassing moments of my life.I was taken down by a...

      by Anonymous, 15 Sep 2017

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    • Stressful Birth, Fantastic Care in Theatre

      I had my baby some time ago. Throughout the pregnancy i had various problems, gestational diabetes, too much fluid in the womb. Unfortunately the service recieved during this period was poor....

      by Anonymous, 08 Sep 2017

      Read on Care Opinion

    General information

    • Tours
      • Telephone 0161 291 2942 between 8am and 8pm
    • 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
      • Marks and Spencer foods, Subway and Costa coffee available in the main hospital.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 162.0 hours per week (96.4%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0161 291 2942
      • If in labour call: 0161 291 2724
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a garden area outside the birth centre where you can walk around.
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Partners: 9am-10pm, Grandparents: 10-11am, All other visitors: 3-4pm and 7-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • £3 for 2 hours. You can request a concession form for women in labour which is £3 all day ticket.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 16
      • Reason for closure: due to staff sickness; increased activity and complex cases, the unit had to be closed on several occasions for between 4 and 24 hours each time.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Unit
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