North Manchester General Hospital

Pennine Acute 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

4150

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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12

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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 1

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 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 12-24 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 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

Because community midwives are based geographically, whether you see the same midwife throughout the antenatal and postnatal period is dependent on where you live.

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: North Manchester, Bury, Salford
      • 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: individualised care plans including provision of appropriate aids.
      • Hearing problems: individualised care plans.
      • Sight problems: individualised care plans.
      • Learning disabilities: individualised care plans. learning disability passport used.
      • Autism spectrum: individualised care plans.
    • Interpreting service
      • We can arrange face to face or and telephone translation services.
      • leaflets on our website have the facility to be translated.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • My labour experience

      I would like to thank every single member from midwives to doctors, after a very stressful few days in slow labour I was rushed in by ambulance and found to be 10cm dilated! Labour in total was...

      by Kaymeakss, 27 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Most midwives are a delight

      The Post Natal ward and Labour Ward treated me amazingly during labour and post pregnancy. Some midwives in the post natal department should remain upbeat and offer advice to new mums in a very...

      by Anonymous, 11 Jul 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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.5/10

      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 128.0 hours per week (76.2%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Community Midwives: 0161 720 7021
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0161 625 8008
      • If in labour call: 0161 922 3167
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partner: 10am-8pm Others: 3-4pm and 6.30-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 8
      • Reason for closure: Average length of closure 2 hours due to activity
      • 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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