Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Jessop Wing

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals 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 very large unit


births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017



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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 15 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • As the main labour ward at the Jessop Wing cares for women with complex needs, it is recommended that you have 2 birth supporters who can focus on your needs. There is some flexibility in certain situations. Please speak to the midwife on duty.
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Hypnobirthing supported but not taught.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • There are limited beds and reclining chairs on the postnatal wards and LW for overnight stays 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 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 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 be cared for by a named community midwife to maintain continuity through pregnancy right through to discharge to health visitor postnatally. For women with specific needs, support and flexibility is offered.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Sheffield and surrounding areas.
      • 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: a care plan will be arranged in the antenatal period ready for labour and birth.
      • Hearing problems: a care plan will be arranged in the antenatal period ready for labour and birth.
      • Sight problems: a care plan will be arranged in the antenatal period ready for labour and birth.
      • Learning disabilities: a specialist midwife will be involved in your care alongside your own named midwife.
      • Autism spectrum: a specialist midwife will be involved in your care alongside your own named midwife.
    • Interpreting service
      • Sometimes face to face interpreters can be used but during labour interpreting tends to be done via the telephone using 'TheLanguageLine' service.
      • easy read picture leaflets are available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Citywide Team provides 1-to-1 care for women with mental health issues or previous traumatic births.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Fantastic care from outstanding staff

      We had our baby girl at jessops, in what turned out to be a bit of a difficult birth. The staff made it a really good experience nonetheless, with excellent teamwork, great communication and a...

      by Anonymous, 20 Jul 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Great experience

      Had my little boy at jessops on the 3rd July. Had a great experience with all members of staff we met. Our midwife on the night was absolutely brilliant, kept me and my partner calm and helped us...

      by Anonymous, 05 Jul 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
      • 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
      • The Jessop Wing cafe is open 7 days a week 8am-6pm.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 96.0 hours per week (57.1%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0114 275 6699
      • If in labour call: 0114 226 8091
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • All day visiting on wards; as appropriate on labour ward to fit mother's needs.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Parking is limited around the hospital. The charges on site are - up to 2 hours: £2.50. Up to 4 hours: £3.70. Over 4 hours: £8.40.
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