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Maternity Unit Level 3
Torquay TQ2 7AA
Tel: 01803 654603
This ward is where women are cared for after they have had their baby and antenatally if admission is needed before a birth for pregnancy problems or induction of labour:
We are committed to promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
If you wish to have a single room, such accommodation may be available at a statutory fee. This is limited and the staff may have to move you back to an open ward if the room is needed for a woman on medical grounds. For more information, please ask your midwife.
There is no provision for partners to sleep overnight (except in an emergency).
|Mornings||9:30am to 12 midday||Father/Partner only
(For women who are admitted for induction of labour only 1 nominated birth partner can visit during this time)
|Afternoons||2:30pm to 9pm||Father/Partner & Mother's own children|
|2:30pm to 4:30pm
& 6:30pm to 8pm
|Ward Closed||12 midday to 2:30pm||The ward is closed to all visitors to allow for lunch and a rest period
(Please note that father's with babies on Special Care Baby Unit, or in for Induction of Labour, may still visit during this time. Please be patient as we may take some time to answer the door as we do not always have staff at the desk during this time).
|Children||Mother's own children may visit during morning and afternoon visiting hours. They must be accompanied by an adult.
No other children under 16 years of age may visit at any time.
All visitors are asked to sign in and out of the ward. A maximum of 3 visitors at any one time per mother is recommended.
The ward is secured at all times. You can play your part by:
A locker is provided to store personal belongings. Please try to keep belongings to a minimum and store them off the floor. This will enable the hotel services staff to clean around your bed area with minimum disruption.
We also advise not to bring valuables into the hospital.
Each bedside is fitted with pay TV/ telephone. Some services such as radio and hospital information can be accessed free of charge.
The Bounty distributor visits several times a week distributing packs of free baby product samples and literature. Most mothers will receive a pack at the bedside, but if you do not receive one, please ask a member of staff or your team midwife when home for your free pack.
A photographer visits the postnatal ward and will be happy to photograph your baby. You may wish to bring in a special garment for the baby to wear. The fees for the various photographs are available on request.
Pregnancy sometimes gives rise to personal worries and fears. The hospital social worker is available to offer help and advice. Please ask a member of staff to contact them.
After the birth of your baby you will have six weeks in which to register his/her birth. This can be done by appointment at the Registrar of Births office, preferably at the office in the area of baby's birth.
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. Your named midwife will discuss and plan this with you. At home a midwife will visit as necessary until the tenth day after birth, including weekends and bank holidays, and then if all is well, your baby will be transferred to the health visitor.
If you need additional advice or a visit from a midwife up to 28 days after delivery, please contact us using the number supplied, or ring the Maternity Unit on (01803) 654603 (8.30am to 9.30pm). Outside these hours, please ring (01803) 654631.
We strongly recommend taking your baby home in an approved car seat and prior to the baby's birth, it is a good idea for parents to familiarise themselves with the installation of the seat. Securing the seat remains the responsibility of the driver.
Your family doctor will be informed of the birth. Please make an appointment to see your GP eight weeks after the birth for your postnatal check.