Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton

University Hospital Southampton 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 large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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
    • Day rooms; tea and coffee making facilities; TV.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 15 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: 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
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birthing stool

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £88 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
    • Partners can stay in the postnatal area if they are bereaved or their baby is unwell. This is either in reclining chairs or an additional bed
  • 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 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

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

Women being cared for by caseloading midwives are likely to see the same midwife antenatally, in labour and postnatally. Women being cared for by integrated team midwives are less likely to.

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: Southampton and south-west Hampshire
      • 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: Room 5 on labour ward has a walk in shower and would be suitable for a wheelchair user. Wheel chair access, en suite facilities adapted. Electric beds are available on all antenatal, labour and postnatal areas. Two height adjustable cots are also available
      • Hearing problems: Trust Communication Handbook issued in 2008 is present in all clinic and ward areas, and aids communication using pictures and single words. BSL interpreter may need to be booked some time in advance, and may not be available for labour care.
      • Sight problems: Maternity information is available in a range of formats. Library resources will be improved to include key documents in large print, audiotape, DVD with subtitles or signing, and Braille. Large print items should be at least 16 point font and copied onto yellow paper to improve contrast.
      • Learning disabilities: Special nurses available for patients with learning disabilities. Contact by phoning 023 8077 7222 (extension 5367).
    • Interpreting service
      • Call In-House Interpreter; Voluntary Services (SUHT) 8079 4688
      • Maternity information is available in a range of formats
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Healthy Weight

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Early Pregnancy Unit, Princess Anne.

      I have been a couple of times now for some pregnancy issues. The staff are all amazing, very friendly and nothing is too much trouble or a silly question. They put you at ease and explain exactly...

      by Anonymous, 09 Aug 2019

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    • Excellent

      I gave birth on May 2019 and I had a great experience not only during the whole pregnancy but also when my little one was born at PAH. During my pregnancy I received an outstanding service from my...

      by Anonymous, 02 Aug 2019

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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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • 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.
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • In the vending area.
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 98.0 hours per week (58.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You will be given information and support about choosing your birth place options. You will be encouraged to plan birth in a birth centre or at home, unless you are likely to need obstetric care on the labour ward during the birth.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 023 8120 6002
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Small enclosed garden area available on labour ward
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for postnatal ward
      • 2.30-4pm or 7-8.30pm. 9am-9pm for partners. No children under 3 other than sibling.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour: £2, Up to 2 hours: £3.50; Up to 3 hours: £4.20; Up to 4 hours: £5.20; Up to hours: £6.20; Up to 6 hours: £7 The maximum charge for patients and visitors is £7 for one visit in any 24 hour period.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 2
      • Reason for closure: once for 6 hours due to being too busy; once for 21 hours because an emergency theatre was unexpectedly unavailable.
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