Borders General Hospital, Melrose


The Labour Suite

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a very small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • Sitting areas in LW and AN ward with some side rooms for privacy. Hot packs, bath/shower facilities. Birthday beds which can be made into chair position, and foot rests to allow upright position.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • More than one birth partner at discretion of the midwife. Requests for more than one birth partners would usually be discussed antenatally.
    • 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: Birthing beds which can be made into chair position, foot rests.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not 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 12-24 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

Midwives work 12 hour shifts so there is usually a high level of continuity in labour. Community midwives work in small teams of 2-5 so there is good continuity of care in the community

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: NHS Borders region and also areas on the border with NHS Lothian and Northumbria
      • 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: assistance as required. Hoists and slings. Moving and Handling input as available.
      • Hearing problems: support from a Sure Start midwife.
      • Sight problems: support from a Sure Start midwife.
      • Learning disabilities: support from a Sure Start midwife and learning disability nurse.
      • Autism spectrum: support from a Sure Start midwife and learning disability nurse.
    • Interpreting service
      • Not hospital based but available 24hrs
      • language cards in some languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Sure Start Midwives, smoking cessation, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Midwife Sonographers

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Birth of our first child

      We are from Berwick and we chose to come to the Borders General Hospital for the birth of our first child, we went to all the scans, appointments etc and everything they done and the level of care...

      by Richard202009, 29 Oct 2018

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    General information

    • Tours
      • Women do not routinely come in to view the unit and are generally directed to website. In certain circumstances, tour can be arranged and usually the woman calls Labour Ward to arrange or discusses with Community Midwife.
    • 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
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • 24hr supermarkets 3 miles from hospital.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 50.0 hours per week (29.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You can contact your local midwife via your GP reception
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0189 682 6709
      • If in labour call: 0189 682 6897
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • No nominated space but if able, women can go out of the labour ward and walk to the hospital shop and grounds
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Ward visiting is 2.30-4.30pm & 6.30-8pm Partners and babies siblings can visit at anytime.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No specific areas although drop off point at front door for all hospital patients.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • No charges. Max length of stay 4 hours before parking charges (ticket) but unit can issue an exemption form if parking ticket issued by Car Park Warden.
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