Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield

Mid Yorkshire 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 medium unit

4700

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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • In general only 2 birth partners are encouraged, but this can be discussed on an individual basis.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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: Birth pools are provided for homebirths

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 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 2.

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 have a named midwife. 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: Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury.
      • 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: Individual assessment throughout pregnancy with clear plan of care for labour and postnatally.
      • Hearing problems: Individual assessment throughout pregnancy with clear plan of care for labour and postnatally.
      • Sight problems: Individual assessment throughout pregnancy with clear plan of care for labour and postnatally.
      • Learning disabilities: Individual assessment throughout pregnancy with clear plan of care for labour and postnatally. Also there is a learning disabilities champion and input from adult safeguarding if need identified. We have a vulnerable women team.
      • Autism spectrum: Individual assessment throughout pregnancy with clear plan of care for labour and postnatally. Also there is a learning disabilities champion and input from adult safeguarding if need identified. We have a vulnerable women team.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters can be booked to attend clinics and planned reviews with women, we also use 'TheBigWord' telephone interpreting service.
      • We have written information and leaflets in various languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Midwifery Adviser

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • What a wonderful experience

      I don’t think there are enough words in the dictionary to describe how absolutely fantastic this hospital is! I can not say enough good things about it or it’s fantastic staff! I had my baby here...

      by Anonymous, 19 Sep 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Baby café

      When I was in hospital I noticed my baby wasn't latching properly. They didn't seem interested but that's another case, had a very bad experience for my birth at Pinderfields. Well back home my...

      by Acmb, 23 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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      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
      • 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
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 98.0 hours per week (58.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Book directly with a midwife or with the Birth centres.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0844 811 8110
      • If in labour call: 01924 542069
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • The Senior Nurse in charge can authorise the release of a day or weekly permit for those who are attending daily and/or overnight.
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • 24 hours: £6.90
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 9
      • Reason for closure: due to a large number of women giving birth at the time.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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