Royal Devon and Exeter Wonford Hospital

Royal Devon And Exeter 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 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 will be advised to return home but you can stay on the antenatal ward with a partner.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 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 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: Telemetry - wireless monitoring that records the baby's heart rate.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not 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 4-24hours 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 4.

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 be looked after by different teams of midwives for your 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: Mid and East Devon.
      • 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: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Hearing problems: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Sight problems: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Learning disabilities: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Autism spectrum: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
    • Interpreting service
      • Woman can ask their midwife. The Trust runs the 'Access Support Card' initiative. By showing their card on arrival at the hospital, women can receive interpretation and translation services as well as many other services.
      • Information available in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • We have a Perinatal Mental Health Service which is dedicated to working with women in pregnancy who are concerned about their emotional or mental well-being.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Wonderful experience before during & after...

      I came into RD and E for an elective section after a traumatic first birth. Every member of staff involved in the decision making from the consultant, to the anaesthetist (who was phenomenal) and...

      by Anonymous, 21 Jun 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Care after loss of our baby

      We felt lost and alone. Our consultant was there to hold us up and keep us going. She kept in contact with us long after we lost our boy and mentioned him by name in her communications. She took...

      by fliss, 25 Oct 2017

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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.
    • 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 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via a midwife at your GP surgery
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01392 406574
      • If in labour call: 01392 406616
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Outside conservatory
    • Visiting information
      • Partner or nominated visitor: 9am-8pm.
        Other visitors: 2.30-6.30pm.
        Limit of 2-3 visitors at one time.
        Children of the parent: 9am-12noon and 2.30-8pm. No visitors children allowed.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • 20 mins free.
        2 hours: £2.50.
        4 hours: £4.50.
        All day: £8.50.
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