These two wards are on Level E, the top floor of the
Each has 22 beds and accommodate a mixture of pregnant
(antenatal) and newly delivered (postnatal) women.
The rooms contain four beds, and we try not to mix
postnatal mums with antenatal ladies unless it is extremely busy.
We do also have a limited number of single rooms, which are
prioritised for ladies who are either very unwell or have a baby on
the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. However, you can request an
amenity single room after you have given birth, which, if
available, you will then need to pay for.
There is a dining room on Level E
where all meals are taken once the midwife has assessed that you
are fit. If you are unable to get to the dining room you will be
offered food at your bedside. There is also a beverage kitchen on
each ward where you can get a hot drink whenever you wish. Staff
can obtain hot food and snacks such as sandwiches and fruit for
you, available 24 hours a day between meal times. However food and
drink is only provided for patients; there are vending machines on
Level C for partners and visitors and a cafe on the ground floor of
Your care and treatments
If you are an antenatal inpatient
your care will be co-ordinated by the medical team who will review
your condition on a daily basis.
Postnatal care on the wards in the main is provided by midwives,
nurses and maternity assistants. They will provide you with support
with feeding and caring for your baby. You may also receive care
from doctors and physiotherapists as required.
Within 72 hours of birth your baby will have a full examination
by a neonatologist or appropriately trained midwife either whilst
you are in hospital or when you are at home.
If you and your baby are well and have good support you may be
able to go home within 6 hours of giving birth, however each
mothers needs are assessed by the midwife individually and this
will be discussed with you following the birth.
Visiting hours are 9am to 9pm for partners and the mothers own
children. Other visitors are welcome between 3 and 5.30pm, and 7
and 8.30pm. We do not allow children who are not siblings of the
baby to visit.
So we can reduce the risk of infection in the hospital, we ask
that you use the alcohol gel at entry points to the wards every
time you enter the ward.