F11 is the antenatal/postnatal ward where women are cared for after they have had their babies, but also if admission is needed before birth for pregnancy complications or induction of labour.
We have 29 beds arranged in bays. A locker is provided to store personal belongings. We advise not to bring valuable items into hospital.
Examination of your newborn by a specially trained midwife or a paediatrician following birth is carried out within 72 hours of delivery.
Discharge is possible after six hours if appropriate. The length of your stay in hospital will depend on how you and your baby progress, how confident you feel and the support you have available at home. Your midwife will discuss and plan this with you.
Our staff are committed to promoting and supporting breastfeeding. The maternity service has been awarded baby friendly initiative stage 3 in recognition of our support to women with their chosen method of feeding.
After your baby's delivery you have six weeks during which to register the birth. This should be done by visiting the Registrar of Births office in your local town.
Single rooms may be available at a statutory fee.
A Bounty distributor visits daily, distributing packs of free baby product samples and literature. A photographer from the Bounty service will also be happy to photograph your baby on the ward should you wish. Fees are available on request.
Visiting hours are currently:
Partners : 9.00am - 9.00pm
Family and friends: 2.30pm - 4.00pm, and 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The mother's and partners own children are allowed to visit, but no other children under the age of 12.
Ward F11 is located on the first floor of the hospital, exit the lifts to the left and turn right. It is opposite the labour suite.