Note to visitors - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maternity visiting - (updated September 2022)

We welcome up to 2 people accompanying women and pregnant persons requiring support through antenatal clinics, triage and for the start of induction of labour. For ultrasound scan appointments, we ask that you are accompanied by one adult support person. In line with most hospitals, children are not permitted in the scan room. Once in a room on the labour ward, 2 support partners are welcome to join you again for the duration of your time there. 

On the wards, if requiring a hospital stay before or after birth, a partner or support person can visit 08.00 to 20.00 and we would ask for a maximum of 3 people (partner/family/friends/siblings) per bedspace between 16.00 and19.00. Our staff would be happy to contact a partner or support person if additional support is required outside of these times. All support partners and visitors are welcome to continue wearing face coverings should they wish when in hospital, but this is no longer a requirement. 

We no longer require evidence of a negative test before welcoming you to the maternity or neonatal department. We would however kindly request that any support person who has symptoms of or has confirmed COVID-19, does not attend the maternity or neonatal settings and we would encourage women and pregnant people to consider an alternative support person who could accompany them at this time.

Welcome to our Maternity Service

As exciting as pregnancy is, there are many decisions to make and questions to answer. 

We have designed this website to help you and your family have the best possible experience of our service at this very special time.

There are opportunities throughout the site to meet some of the team and see videos and photos of the department. 

Why not start with my colleague Cayleigh giving you a tour of the unit?

As you explore the site further we very much hope that it will support the care being provided to you antenatally in both answering questions and familiarising you with the department. 

Nearly 5000 babies are delivered with us every year. We are incredibly proud of our service and absolutely committed to its continual development Image of a play button

If you would like to contact me with any suggestions or feedback please email me at

Kindest Regards,
Charlotte Wilton
Head of Midwifery/Head of Nursing for Women's and Children's Services

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Maternity Line

The Maternity Line number is 01752 430200.

The Maternity Line is for all calls related to pregnancy from 20 weeks gestation, labour and newborn babies.

Before 20 weeks gestation the GP should be contacted

If it is an emergency, 999 should be called.

Maternity Carpark Closure

From Monday 22 August, works will begin to construct a new clinical building on the maternity carpark space. It will host a 24 bedded ward to be used by Chemotherapy Day case in the short term, and then for Orthopaedic surgery patients and Urology. The construction of the new facility will take around five months and we expect it to be operational in January 2023.

Parking will no longer be available just outside the Maternity entrance, however there will still be a drop-off only area by the maternity entrance for patients. Read our FAQs here.

Your experience

Your experience is important to us, please contact me with your feedback:
Charlotte Wilton
Head of Midwifery/Head of Nursing for Women's and Children's Services