Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS 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 very small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Oral morphine is used for pain relief after caesarean section.
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
    • Assessed on triage in single room, encouraged to be mobile, use ball, take refreshments, analgesia e.g. bath. If you wish you can go home.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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: TV operate by an independent company that is paid for/

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • 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 4-6 hours after the birth
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

Community midwives work in small teams. On delivery suite continuity of care is accommodated as far as possible.

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: East Cumbria and northern Eden Valley, but also Northumberland, Dumfries & Galloway and West Cumbria
      • 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: Use of room with larger floor space, bathroom is 'wet room' type so easy access to shower facilities
      • Hearing problems: Use of sign language interpreters; family members encouraged to stay
      • Sight problems: Guide dog is encouraged to be present during stay as well as family members
      • Learning disabilities: Family members encouraged to stay
      • Autism spectrum: Family members encouraged to stay
    • Interpreting service
      • If English is not a fluent language for you and you would like an interpreter to help you during your visit to the hospital, contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Services and they will be able to help you.
      • Can book face-to-face interpreter or use of telephone interpretation services.
    • 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
    • Birth of my son

      I had a planned Caesarean section after a difficult delivery with my daughter a few years ago. All the staff who looked after us were amazing from start to finish. Even though it was a planned...

      by Beanie30, 10 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Maternity ward

      I was taken into hospital new years eve. I was 7 and half months pregnant and had blew up like a balloon little did i no i had preclampsia that quickly went to eclampsia i was really ill bp was...

      by Anonymous, 13 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    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

    • Tours
      • Tours at 2.30pm, Saturday and Sunday. Call 01228 814266 about an hour beforehand to check the tour is running.
    • 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
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • 24 hour vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 52.0 hours per week (31.0%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 01228 814872
      • If in labour call: 01228 814269
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • From 3pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 8pm. Special arrangements are in place for family members
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance, then pay & display car park. You will need some change (£5/24 hours)
    • Parking
      • £5/24 hours or see Interserve reception desk in main atrium for a weeks pass - £10 for a week
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