Rotherham General Hospital

The Rotherham NHS Foundation 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 small unit

2600

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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14

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • 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
    • 14 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

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
    • Camp bed available in special circumstances
  • 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 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.

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

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: Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield, Derbyshire, Worksop
      • 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: This hospital follows recommendations from their Trust Equality and Diversity policies
      • Hearing problems: This hospital follows recommendations from their Trust Equality and Diversity policies
      • Sight problems: This hospital follows recommendations from their Trust Equality and Diversity policies
      • Learning disabilities: This hospital follows recommendations from their Trust Equality and Diversity policies
      • Autism spectrum: This hospital follows recommendations from their Trust Equality and Diversity policies
    • Interpreting service
      • 'thebigword' interpretation services
      • This hospital follows recommendations from their Trust Equality and Diversity policies
    • 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
    • Labour ward visit

      My wife came here after being sent there by our consultant for a twin pregnancy, after a short wait in being seen to, we found both staff (sorry, can't remember their names! ) very friendly and...

      by Stroke Doctor, 23 Aug 2018

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    • Excellent care except for long discharge wait

      My wife was sent to Wharncliffe Bay 3 after minor issues with her twin pregnancy and at first, having been at home myself, I was concerned to learn my wife didn't feel she had been given sufficient...

      by Stroke Doctor, 23 Aug 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

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • 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
      • The Rooftop Restaurant is open 18 hours from 8 am to 2 am (next day). 24-hour access to vending machines is available offering salads, sandwiches and hot drinks.
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 72.0 hours per week (42.9%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 01709 427072
      • If in labour call: 01709 424491 or 01709 427777
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for postnatal ward
      • Partners and own children: 12-7:30 pm; Other visitors: 1.30-2.30 pm and 6.30-7.30 pm (7 days a week)
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Women in the labour ward for a prolonged period can obtain a car parking pass
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour - £1.301-2 hours - £2.302-3 hours - £3.603-4 hours - £4.604-5 hours - £5.705-6 hours - £6.706+ hours - £8.20
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