Princess Royal Hospital, Telford

Shrewsbury And Telford Hospital NHS 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 medium 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 13 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 more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • 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 4-24 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 5 and for postnatal appointments it's 5.

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

Midwives in Shropshire work in teams allocated around the county. Women booked for low risk care may have the same midwife for antenatal care, birth and post natal care. we are working with our LMS to improve continuity for our women.

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
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Shropshire and North Wales
      • 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: Full assisted bathrooms on each ward. Lift access to all areas and a hoist is available.
      • Hearing problems: We are able to provide sign language if necessary.
      • Sight problems: We can provide leaflets in different font sizes.
      • Learning disabilities: Materials can be provided and there is a support team available.
      • Autism spectrum: We have a dedicated vulnerable women midwife who liaises with women on the autism spectrum.
    • Interpreting service
      • An interpreter will assist you either on the phone or face-to-face.
      • We have a range of booklets and information leaflets in multiple languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • unorganised

      My wife is 9 months pregnant and we have a c-section booked in. The staff here are hit and miss, some are lovely others are very rude and condescending. My wife had an ECV which didn’t work and was...

      by Anonymous, 18 May 2019

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    • Pregnancy

      Very poor care with maternity services. Had problems since the start but now at full term & still no birth plan or action taken on pains I've had. Rung up n told about my symptoms. But was...

      by Anonymous, 07 Mar 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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      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 76.0 hours per week (45.2%)
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    • Contact information
      • Main hospital number: 0195 264 1222
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Text 0779 780 0025
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0174 326 1085
      • If in labour call: 0195 264 1222 ext. 5917
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • They are generally the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Partners between 9am-8.30pm. For other visitors the wards are open from 2.30-4.30pm and 6-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Pay on arrival. 0 to 30 mins: Free. 30 mins to 2 hours: £2.50. 2-5 hours: £3.00. 5-24 hours: £3.50.
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