Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester

Hampshire 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 small 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
    • 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
    • Call the labour line 0300 123 9001 for telephone support and advice from dedicated midwives when you are in early labour. You can also have a face-to-face assessment in early labour at home or in the unit depending on your needs
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 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 pads

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £80 per night.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • 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 4-24 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 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 who will endeavour to provide the majority of your antenatal care. You are likely see this same midwife at least once after the birth.

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: Predominantly Hampshire and Berkshire but also women from bordering counties.
      • 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: Accessible labour and postnatal room. You will have an individualised care plan. Your partner will be encouraged to stay,
      • Hearing problems: You will have an individualised care plan. Your partner will be encouraged to stay.
      • Sight problems: Accessible labour and postnatal room. You will have an individualised care plan. Your partner will be encouraged to stay.
      • Learning disabilities: You will have an individualised care plan. Your partner will be encouraged to stay.
      • Autism spectrum: You will have an individualised care plan. Your partner will be encouraged to stay.
    • Interpreting service
      • Arranged through your named midwife. Face to face interpreters are used where possible and 'TheLanguageLine' service is also available.
      • There are visual aids for common maternity questions.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women
      • Epilepsy, Consultant Midwife

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • No decaf options

      My wife has high blood pressure and has been told not to have tea and coffee. When she was in hospital for the birth of our baby she was offered a hot drink but no decaffeinated tea or coffee was...

      by bluesx55, 18 Jun 2019

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    • RHCH Maternity services

      Excellent antenatal care on many visits. Medical team members were uniformly wonderful - in the theatre there were 14 people at one stage - all of them very committed.

      by Anonymous, 14 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
      • Wednesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 4pm. Book using the online form
    • 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 72.0 hours per week (42.9%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Please call your GP surgery and ask for a booking appointment with our Midwives.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01962 825585
      • If in labour call: 0300 123 9001
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for the postnatal ward
      • One birthing partner can stay throughout. Open visiting 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Only two visitors (plus birthing partner) at any point, no children under 12 unless they are siblings of the baby.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop-off bay directly outside maternity building. Parking outside Maternity Ward.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • 30 mins-free, 30 mins-1hour £1.50, 1-2 hours-£3.00, 2-4 hours-£4.00, 4-6 hours-£6.00, 6-8 hours-£8.00, 8-24 hours-£10.00. Concessionary rate per day for parents with babies in Neonatal Care baby unit.
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