West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds

West Suffolk NHS Foundation 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 small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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
    • 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
    • You are encouraged to phone the delivery suite before you come in so you can discuss what is happening
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Other supporters are allowed based on individual needs e.g. vulnerable adults
    • 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
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Radio, tea and coffee facilities.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £125 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 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.

Midwives work in teams of approximately 5 - 7 midwives per team, giving antenatal and postnatal care throughout. You will have a named midwife and she will endeavour to see you antenatally and postnatally.

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
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Extends to Thetford in the north, Sudbury in the south, Newmarket to the west and Stowmarket to the east.
      • 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: Wheelchair and special cots
      • Hearing problems: Induction loops compatible with NHS Hearing Aids are installed in many reception areas. They also have portable induction loops. BSL interpreters also available.
      • Sight problems: Information can be recorded onto audio tapes and there are a number of RNIB approved cassettes to play
      • Learning disabilities: Significant signage have pictures attached to them
      • Autism spectrum: Significant signage have pictures attached to them
    • Interpreting service
      • Telephone interpreting service available on 0800 169 2694 Cintra Interpreting Service
      • Information leaflets in different languages
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • VBAC, Obesity

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • The maternity team is exemplary.

      I cannot praise the maternity service of this hospital enough. My daughter in law had a high risk pregnancy and has been treated with care, dignity & respect allowing her to be involved in the...

      by Anonymous, 22 Jul 2019

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    • I couldn't have wished for a better experience.

      Went in to get induced and started out on the f11 ward with the most wonderful midwife who made me feel completely at ease as I am one of the most shy people ever. I was extremely worried about my...

      by thubanpy69, 23 Jan 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.
    • 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
      • Hospital restaurant and vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 90.0 hours per week (53.6%)
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01284 713278
      • If in labour call: 01284 713278
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Courtyards with landscape gardens
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for the postnatal ward.
      • 11am -8:45pm for partners only 2:30-4pm for friends and relatives 7 - 8pm for friends and relatives
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Minimum £3.30 - Maximum £7.60
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