Nottingham University Hospital City Hospital Campus

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

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 large unit

5100

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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17

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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
    • If you need to be in hospital in early labour, there is access to heat packs, aromatherapy and baths. You can also use a birth ball and are encouraged to remain mobile.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 17 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Other: Limited number of tens machines for use however they can be hired from our Parent Education Dept, details found the Trust website.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
  • 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 6-12 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.

Community Midwifery Care is provided by teams. You will be assigned a named lead midwife but may also be seen by other members of the team. For visits at weekends or overnight, care is provided by the on-call midwifery team. If more specific antenatal care is needed for either you or your baby then some of your care will be given in the hospital by the doctors, but you will continue to see your midwife. During labour, care will be shared between the doctor and the labour suite midwife (which is a different team of midwives than in the community).

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: Nottingham City and Nottingham County as well as areas of Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
      • 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: Nottingham University Hospital works with women antenatally to provide an individualised plan of care.
      • Hearing problems: Nottingham University Hospital work with women antenatally to provide an individualised plan of care. British Sign Language interpreters can be arranged if required.
      • Sight problems: Nottingham University Hospital works with women antenatally to provide an individualised plan of care.
      • Learning disabilities: Nottingham University Hospital work with women antenatally to provide an individualised plan of care. There is a learning disability team within Nottingham University Hospital.
      • Autism spectrum: Nottingham University Hospital works with women antenatally to provide an individualised plan of care.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting services, either face to face or by telephone, are used within maternity services at NUH.
      • leaflets can be produced in different language formats.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Emergency C-Section Delivery

      I went in to labour on the 15th August 2018 with my first child. After arriving at the Sanctuary birth unit I was shown to my own private room with lots of birthday equipment and other facilities....

      by Anonymous, 27 Oct 2018

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    • Excellent Antenatal and Post Birth care

      Thank you to all the Doctors, Nurses and Midwives who helped me through my high-risk pregnancy. From the first contact with the Consultants at 12 weeks through to discharge after I had my baby, I...

      by Anonymous, 22 Oct 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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.1/10

      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.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 90.0 hours per week (53.6%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You can contact the community midwife via your local health centre
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0115 962 7710
      • If in labour call: 0115 962 7710
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a garden adjacent to the Labour Suite.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: 8am-10pm Other relatives and friends: 2.30-8.00pm. We ask children under 12, unless their mother and sibling are on the ward, not to visit. Visitors are limited to 2 at any one time to help maintain a more restful environment for all the women and babies on the ward.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • The closest car park is directly in front of the main entrance to the maternity unit. There is a small drop off area if the car park is full. Once settled on Labour Suite, the car can be moved to another nearby car park. If you need to stay in hospital for over a week, special car park permits can be authorised by the ward Sister; these are available at a discounted rate.
      • Drop off outside entrance only.
    • Parking
      • For the most up to date information regarding car parking costs please visit the NUH website http://www.nuh.nhs.uk/getting-here/city-hospital/directions-by-car/
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