The York Hospital

York Teaching Hospital 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 medium unit

3200

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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12

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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • Labour ward triage (assessment area)
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 4 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time

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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £55 to £85
  • 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 6-12 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.

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

Statistics

* 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: York, North Yorkshire, North East Yorkshire and Ryedale.
      • 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: specialist equipment; wheelchair access.
      • Hearing problems: written information; Loop system throughout the hospital; some sign language available.
      • Sight problems: written information available in braille; guide dogs welcome.
      • Learning disabilities: individualised care plans; tour of unit to become familiar with surroundings; learning disability specialist nurse available for support.
      • Autism spectrum: an individualised plan of care will be put in place.
    • Interpreting service
      • A telephone-based translation and interpretation service is available. Also face to face but pre-booking is required.
      • Patient information leaflets available in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Treatment during my labour, pushed, pressurised, coerced and non consent

      Now don't get me wrong, there were some fabulous midwives/health assistants but then there were also some who I believe lied to us and were aggressive in their attitude to us. I was due to be...

      by Scared and Violated, 15 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • A bitter end to an overall good experience

      I recently gave birth at York hospital. The whole antenatal,labour period I had the support and care of some efficient ,kind ,compassionate midwives. However I had to have an emergency c-section at...

      by Anonymous, 12 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • 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 40.0 hours per week (23.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 01904 726723
      • If in labour call: 01904 725924
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Courtyard garden
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting times are the same for all women.
      • Partner and own children: 9am-9pm. Other visitors: 11am - 8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • This is a designated parking area for women in labour with a reduced parking charge.
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Car parking charges: £2.20 for the first hour, then hourly prices, up to £9.90 for the full day. Charges apply 7.30am-8pm; free parking overnight.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: Once for 8 hours, due to a large number of women giving birth on the labour ward.
      • 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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