Nottingham University Hospital QMC Campus

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

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 medium unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • 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
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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: 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £40 per night
  • 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 4-6 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 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.

You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* 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 County, as well as areas of Derbyshire and Leicestershire. In addition women from areas such as Lincolnshire may give birth at Nottingham University Hospitals to access specialist services not available locally to them.
      • 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: will work with women to provide an individualised plan of care.
      • Hearing problems: will work with women to provide an individualised plan of care. British Sign Language interpreters can be arranged if required.
      • Sight problems: will work with women to provide an individualised plan of care.
      • Learning disabilities: will work with women to provide an individualised plan of care. There is a learning disability team within Nottingham University Hospitals.
      • Autism spectrum: will work with women to provide an individualised plan of care.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting services are available, either face to face or by telephone.
      • to receive information in another language call 0115 969 1169 ext. 5146.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Homelessness

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Still the same nightmare it was with my...

      Spent hours trying to get hold of the ABC clinic today - Spent hours ringing to get constant Line busy message. Rang another area of maternity at the hospital who said ‘well I’m not sure what to...

      by Anonymous, 11 Sep 2019

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    • birth of second child

      Gave birth to my second child 16th-17th August and had an extremely supportive experience. The midwife was busy with several women giving birth but was still able to make me feel supported and made...

      by Anonymous, 18 Aug 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

    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • 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
      • A newsagents (that sells a variety of snack food) that is open 6am until midnight.
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 40.0 hours per week (23.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0115 924 9924 ext. 61258
      • If in labour call: 0115 875 4672
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy for visitors is the same.
      • Partners: 9am-10:30pm.
        Other family & friends: 2:30-8:30pm.
        Visitors are limited to 2 at any one time to help maintain a more restful environment.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There are 'Drop off' parking spaces at the main entrance to the hospital near to the Labour Suite. These spaces can be used when you are in labour.
        Once settled on Labour Suite, the car can be moved to one of the car parks. 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 maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • For the most up to date information regarding car parking costs please visit the NUH website
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 103
      • Reason for closure: Main reasons are due to staffing, bed shortages or increased workloads. The length of the unit closures vary between 1-11 hours.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Suite
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