Lincoln County Hospital

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

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 medium unit

3200

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 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Exceptional circumstances taken into consideration.
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • 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 on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 1 and for postnatal appointments it's 1.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives 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: Lincoln, Grantham, Newark, Gainsborough, Horncastle and surrounding areas.
      • 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: Assessment on individual circumstances and arrangements will be made as required.
      • Hearing problems: Assessment on individual circumstances and arrangements will be made.
      • Sight problems: Assessment on individual circumstances and arrangements will be made.
      • Learning disabilities: Assessment on individual circumstances and arrangements will be made.
      • Autism spectrum: Assessment on individual circumstances and arrangements will be made.
    • Interpreting service
      • Pearl Linguistics services are available for any patients with language difficulties.
      • 'TheLanguageLine' and leaflets available in other languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women
      • Optimising birth team

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Staff amazing, best experience you can ask for

      Admitted for a procedure in the maternity ward, had to wait a little while longer than our scheduled appointment time but staff were great and kept us in the loop throughout. For the duration of...

      by Anonymous, 04 Nov 2018

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    • Long stay in maternity

      Staff don t listen. Nobody sticks to the initial plans. Disabled access and facilities are non existent. Cleanliness is appalling. Maintenance jobs not dwalt with. Contact between departments...

      by Anonymous, 02 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

      9.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.9/10

      About the same 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
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 65.0 hours per week (38.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Selected areas
      Community Midwives Centre.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01522 573805
      • If in labour call: 01522 573805
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Outside benches and grassed areas
    • Visiting information
      • Partners at any time. Other visitors 2pm-8.30pm
      • Partners and own children: any time. Other visitors: 2-8.30pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off area (20 minute slots) and maternity unit car park
    • Parking
      • £3 for 24 hour parking
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 2
      • Reason for closure: Twice for less than 12 hours due to exceptionally high service demand.
      • 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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