Queen Alexandra Hospital

Portsmouth Hospitals 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 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
  • 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
    • Women gain support from midwives on the 24 hour dedicated labour line.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 14 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The number of birth supporters based on your individual needs can be discussed further and arranged in the antenatal period.
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Women are offered oramorph for early labour.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £150 per night.
  • 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 4-6 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 2 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.

You will have a named midwife. You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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: Portsmouth City, East Hampshire, Fareham and Gosport.
      • 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: Hoists, hover mats and other manual handling aids.
      • Hearing problems: Sign language experts can be employed to translate information.We have a dedicated mobile phone for text messaging.
      • Sight problems: You will receive care based on your individual needs.
      • Learning disabilities: Learning disabilities nurses available on 02392 286000 ext 5825. Women are supported using the My Hospital passport system so everyone is aware of individual requirements planned.
      • Autism spectrum: You will receive care based on your individual needs, supported by your care workers and using the My Hospital passport .
    • Interpreting service
      • 24 hour translating service translation services provided by DA languages.
      • Leaflets available in other languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • VBAC midwives.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Amazing staff and amazing care

      We had the heart wrenching experience of losing our beloved baby boy at just 21 weeks old. But every single member of the team on B8 (nightingale ward) that we met showed nothing but compassion and...

      by Anonymous, 24 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Put me at ease

      On two occasions I had reason to phone the maternity bleep and ask for assistance. One time I had fallen and one time I had no fetal movements for 24 hours. On both occasions the bleep holder put...

      by aroth, 02 May 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
    • 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
      • We can provide special arrangements if there is a dedicated carer with the expectant mother.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 69.0 hours per week (41.1%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Self referral to a midwife.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 07770 233256
      • If in labour call: 03001 239001
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Not specific to the unit, however the hospital is landscaped with benches.
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for postnatal ward.
      • Partners: 9am-9pm.
        Other visitors: 2-7pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Other than the drop-off zone, there is no concessionary parking as it is controlled by an outside company.
      • Drop off outside entrance only.
    • Parking
      • Managed by a private company.
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