The Royal Oldham Hospital

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS 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
  • 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
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 3.

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

We strive to provide continuity of carer in the antenatal and postnatal periods. We are currently in the process of implementing models of care that will help us provide continuity of carer 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: Oldham and Rochdale
      • 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: Many rooms in each ward area are designed to accommodate disabled mums/families
      • Hearing problems: Encourage families to receive specialist support during labour where provision is made for the partners family members to remain present throughout stay
      • Sight problems: Encourage families to receive specialist support during labour where provision is made for the partners family members to remain present throughout stay
      • Learning disabilities: Safe-guarding team to provide support for mother and family members. Learning disability passport used.
      • Autism spectrum: Individualised plans of care will be formulated as appropriate.
    • Interpreting service
      • We can access both face to face interpreting and telephone interpretation services.
      • Interpreting service available and widely used. There is the facility for leaflets on our website to be translated.
    • 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
    • She always had time to sit and talk

      I recently had my baby at Oldham Hospital and spent time on antenatal ward before and after having my baby boy. I was very happy with my care. My baby was on special care and Jacqueline  (support...

      by scorpiusqc89, 14 May 2019

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    • Child birth

      I went in to be induced to have my baby after being 7 days overdue and having reduced foetal movements. I experienced the full journey of care from attending my community midwife that morning to...

      by Baby Bee, 26 Apr 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
    • 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
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 138.0 hours per week (82.1%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Community Midwives Office: 0161 652 5811
      • Booking phone number: 0161 627 8255
      • If in labour call: 0161 627 8255
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Garden facilities for walking around
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • 3-4pm, 6.30-8pm. No children under the age of 12 apart from siblings. Partners are free to visit from 10am-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Varies depending on the length of stay
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 12
      • Reason for closure: due to increased numbers of women giving birth. Average length of closure is 2 hours.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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