Darlington Memorial Hospital

County Durham And Darlington 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 very 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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • You will be seen in the Pregnancy Assessment Unit for assessment when in labour.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The number of people present can change depending on the circumstances; the midwife in charge of the labour ward is the person who will make this decision. The limit of 2 is restricted to afford dignity and safety for mothers and babies
    • 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 not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 6-24 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 5.

Before and after you have your baby, you will be looked after by the same team of midwives in the community. However when you are in labour you will be looked after by a midiwfe in the hospital.

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: Darlington, Catterick, Richmond, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Teesdale
      • 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: for women with limited mobility we would like to meet and explore the mobility issues and level of support needed. That way we can truly personalise care.
      • Hearing problems: MDT meeting-necessary actions/requests would be made.
      • Sight problems: these would be addressed on an individual basis and we encourage women to alert us of any needs as soon as they can so we can plan safe, quality care together.
      • Learning disabilities: individualised care suited to their level of need and full involvement and support of any external carers that you may need.
      • Autism spectrum: we will discuss your needs with you and plan an individualised approach.
    • Interpreting service
      • If necessary, this unit can make arrangements for a language interpreter, and in the case of the deaf /hearing impaired, a signer or lip speaker.
      • interpreting service.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity ward

      In ward 61 is ridiculous. You could be in a load of pain & you would still have to wait near an hour or over an hour for pain relief. Some staff are lovely & show care. The others however...

      by Anonymous, 28 Feb 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Maternity

      I was admitted to hospital on the 20th August 2018 and gave birth to our son on the 21st August, all the Midwives and doctors I had during my 30 hour labour were excellent, all very friendly,...

      by Anonymous, 04 Oct 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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      Better compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      Better compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • 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
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01325 743449
      • If in labour call: 01325 743449
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: 8am-9pm General visiting: restricted to ward visiting times
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements.
    • Parking
      • Free pass is given whilst you are in labour.
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