Pilgrim Hospital, Boston

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 very small unit

1850

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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8

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
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
    • 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
    • 8 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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 chair
    • Allowed to bring own sleeping items that can be packed away.
  • 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 hours after the birth
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

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: Boston and surrounding areas.

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: Individualised care plan.
      • Hearing problems: Individualised care and referral to specialist services as required.
      • Sight problems: Individualised care and referral to specialist services as required.
      • Learning disabilities: Individualised care and referral to specialist services as required.
      • Autism spectrum: Individualised care and referral to specialist services as required.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contract with Language Line and Polish/Slovakian speaking midwife.
      • Some written information.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Ectopic Pregnancy Treatment

      Spent about 3 weeks in & out of hospital. Initially for a termination of pregnancy as I was previously told it was too dangerous for me to have more. Then during scan the pregnancy was found to...

      by Juliet124, 01 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Thank you to the labour ward

      My wife had baby delivery earlier this week. We want to share our opinion about labour ward in Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. We can recommend that ward for everybody. Our baby delivery wasn't easy,...

      by 235646, 25 Jan 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
      • Arranged through a parentcraft educator.
    • 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
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 63.0 hours per week (37.5%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01205 446106
      • If in labour call: 01205 445424
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Access to shops and outside space.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners (up to two birthing partners): 9am-9pm. All other visitors: 12.30pm-8pm. Two visitors at any given time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £3 for 24 hours
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: due to increased number of women in the labour ward
      • 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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