Airedale General Hospital

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

The Labour Ward

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
  • 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 are in early labour you will usually be encouraged to go home. If this is not appropriate or you don't wish to do this, you will go onto a four bedded bay on labour ward, a single room on labour ward, or be admitted to the antenatal ward.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The number of people in the room is limited but every effort is made to accommodate your wishes.
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: radio, fans, additional mattresses for floor use.

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
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
    • Partners will be asked to leave the induction suite as this is a 4-bedded bay.
  • 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 2 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. Currently a caseloading midwife is available for antenatal and postnatal care working on one of our boundary areas.

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: West and North Yorkshire and East Lancashire.
      • 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: You will have an individual plan of care. Any specific adaptations or needs will be addressed according to your circumstances.
      • Hearing problems: You will have an individual plan of care. Any specific adaptations or needs will be addressed according to your circumstances.
      • Sight problems: You will have an individual plan of care. Any specific adaptations or needs will be addressed according to your circumstances.
      • Learning disabilities: You will have an individual plan of care. Any specific adaptations or needs will be addressed according to your circumstances.
      • Autism spectrum: You will have an individual plan of care. Any specific adaptations or needs will be addressed according to your circumstances.
    • Interpreting service
      • An interpreter is available for women who do not understand or who are only able to communicate in limited English. To arrange for an interpreter, ask your midwife. 'TheBigWord' interpreting service is also available.
      • We have information leaflets in other languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Parent Education Midwives

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Antenatal department and sonographer rudeness

      Attended for my first antenatal scan on 5th April 2019 at 9 o'clock.. Arrived half an hour early friendly reception staff. Struggled to hold bladder prior to scan as sonographer was running 15...

      by Anonymous, 14 Apr 2019

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    • Fantastic maternity care

      I had my baby at Airedale on 27/08/2018 and all the midwives and doctors I met on labour ward were fantastic. Their care was really thorough and I was monitored well during labour and the delivery...

      by Anonymous, 23 Nov 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


      Better 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

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Innovative collaboration with the Independent Midwives has been piloted within our Trust.
    • 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 use of kitchen facilities
    • 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
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01535 292411
      • If in labour call: 01535 292402
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Each home from home room has a private terraced area. The hospital also has gardens that are accessible for women in early labour.
    • Visiting information
      • Partners and children: 10am-8pm. Other visitors: 2-4 pm and 7-8 pm. Only 2 people to a bed however we do have a discharge lounge which can be used for larger numbers of visitors if a woman requests this.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Approx £3.50/day. Concessionary parking permits are available for longer inpatient stays.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: due to a large number of women giving birth
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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