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Welcome to our Postnatal Wards

After having your baby, you will admitted to either Ward 47b or Ward 66.  These wards consist of a combination of side rooms and 4 bed bays.

We hope you find your ward a clean, safe environment.

In order to help us achieve this we respectfully ask that you keep the amount of personal belongings you bring into hospital to a minimum.  This will help keep your bed area safe and clear and enable the area be cleaned properly.

If at any time during your stay you find something which is not to the high standards that you expect, please tell us.  Every ward has a ward manager; if you have any concerns whilst an in-patient, or you think we could improve something, we would encourage you to make them aware so we can ensure your needs are met.  If the manager is not on duty there is a team of modern matrons who can be contacted to assist further.

Where are we?

  • Ward 47b is located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hospital.  Tel:  (0161) 701 0019
  • Ward 66 is located on the second floor of Saint Mary’s Hospital.  Tel: (0161) 276 6547


Wards 47b and 66 operate the following visiting times:

Your partner or an alternative birthing partner (one person only) – 8.00 am – 10.00 pm.

All other visitors – 10.00 am – 8.00 pm.

Please be respectful of these times and leave promptly.  Only 4 visitors, including partner and children, are allowed at any one time.

Due to the infection control risk we ask that flowers are not brought onto the ward area.

Your stay in hospital

To make your stay in hospital more comfortable you are invited to bring your own clothes to wear as well as clothes for your baby.  Please also bring with you a supply of disposable nappies and sanitary towels.  If you need to, discuss with your midwife your requirements for your hospital stay.

If all goes well with your labour and delivery you will be discharged home within 24 hours, where your care will be continued by the community midwifery team.

Care of your new baby whilst in hospital


Leaving Hospital


Avoiding Cot Death

Sadly, this affects a number of families each year.  However, research has shown that the following measures are known to help avoid cot death.

  • Do not sleep in bed or on a sofa with your baby.
  • Do not lay your baby down on his/her front when he/she is going to sleep.
  • Lay your baby on his/her back with feet at the bottom of the cot (feet to foot).  (There is no evidence that a baby will choke in this position).
  • Do not smoke in the same room as your baby.
  • Do not sleep with your baby if you are on medication such as methadone or have drunk alcohol or taken drugs or are excessively tired.
  • Do not overwrap or overdress your baby when he/she goes to sleep, but keep them room warm instead.
  • If your baby is ill, contact your doctor without delay.
Safer Sleep


At Saint Mary’s Hospital we strive to deliver the best care possible and we would appreciate your feedback on your time on our postnatal wards.  This is to help us know what we are getting right for you and anything we may need to improve upon.  We aim for all women to have a positive experience whilst staying on Saint Mary’s postnatal wards and your feedback will help us improve our service.

Please complete the feedback questionnaire before you are discharged either via the hand held tracker device, bedside TV, or by hand and give to a member of staff.

If you wish to discuss any aspects of your care with the Ward Managers or Matron in charge of the wards, please ask a member of staff.

Thank you for your co-operation and may we take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the future.