Royal Derby Hospital

Derby Teaching Hospitals 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
  • 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
    • You will also be supported to be active and mobile.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 16 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Heat packs

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Call for pricing information on 01332 785200
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 3.

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. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

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: Southern Derbyshire and Derby City.
      • 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: The maternity service is able to provide disabled facilities.
      • Hearing problems: Intercom system specific for deaf women and partners.
      • Sight problems: You will receive individualised care tailored to your needs.
      • Learning disabilities: A care plan with identified needs will be devised in partnership with the Trust's Named Learning Disability Specialist Nurse.
      • Autism spectrum: You will receive individualised care tailored to your needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • Women have access to an interpreting service 24 hours a day.
      • some translated information leaflets and cards may be available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • Fetal medicine Neonatal screening (NIPE) Scanning

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Very happy with care received on labour ward

      I recently gave birth around 6 weeks ago at the royal derby hospital. I just want to say that the care I received once I got taken to the labour room was outstanding. we had a lovely midwife. She...

      by Anonymous, 04 Sep 2019

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    • labour ward

      I gave birth to my 3rd baby boy!! And I just can’t praise the two ladies who looked after me enough. It was by far the best birth because of the care I received!

      by Anonymous, 15 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
      • Not routinely available. They are done on an individual needs assessed basis.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • 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
      • Costa Coffee
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 77.0 hours per week (45.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Contact your local midwives
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01332 785469
      • If in labour call: 01332 785796
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds with seating.
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Partner and own children: flexible during the day. Partners have the option for flexible overnight support (one partner only, no swapping). Other visitors: 2-4pm and 6-8pm. No children under the age of 12 years will be allowed access except for siblings.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour-£2.40, Up to 2 hours-£3.20, Up to 3 hours-£4.10, Up to 4 hours-£4.70, Up to 5 hours-£5.20, Up to 6 hours-£6.20, Daily rate >6hrs-£9.00, Lost tickets charged at daily rate- £9.00, Long term concession (7day pass)-£10.00
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: Closed for 9 hours due to capacity challenges. However, we did not need to refer any women in labour during this period
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