Delivery Suite at Great Western Hospital


We care for you during your labour and delivery but we also care for you if you have a caesarean section, an assisted delivery or a more complex pregnancy.

We have 12 en-suite delivery rooms, two admission rooms and two maternity theatres which are fully equipped with modern equipment to care for both you and your baby. Each delivery room has an electronic delivery bed which can be adjusted to support several different positions for labour and delivery.

We also have a large birthing pool and all our Midwives are trained to provide safe care for labour and birth in the pool. If you would like a water-birth or to use the pool during your labour, you should inform staff when you arrive as the pool will take approximately one hour to fill due to its size.

Our policy relating to which patients are able to use the birthing pool safely is dictated by relevant recent research in this area. There may be some women who, for medical reasons, will be advised that a water-birth may not be appropriate for them. The Midwife looking after you will discuss the use of the pool and the policy with you on an individual basis.

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Visiting Policy
You can have two adult birthing partners of your choice with you while you are in the Delivery Suite.

Due to the nature of the unit, all other visiting is restricted and is at the discretion of the Midwife responsible for the woman's care and the Delivery Suite Co-ordinator. The Delivery Suite is not considered a suitable environment for children and only in exceptional circumstances will children be admitted.

The Delivery Suite is a secure unit. All visitors need to use the intercom system on the wall outside the door to gain access. Please ensure that all visitors know the full name of the person they are visiting, otherwise access may be denied. Electronic baby tagging is in operation on the Delivery Suite. All babies, when delivered, wear a tag around their ankle. Alarms sound if a baby is near an exit and staff are alerted to ensure security for our babies.

Hand Washing
In the interest of infection control good hand washing practices are promoted for all staff, patients and visitors to the unit. We require all visitors to wash their hands using the alcohol gel located on the wall outside, before entering the unit. If there are any patients or visitors with known allergies or skin conditions where this may not be appropriate they are encouraged to discuss this with the staff on the unit.

GWH midwife wins JOHNSON'S® Baby Mums' Midwife of the Year Award 2014

Last update 08 January 2014