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.
Fresh water is available at all times – please ask staff.
Please note: These facilities are for patients only. Visitors are kindly asked to obtain refreshments from the facilities on the ground floor.
Breakfast 7.30 am until 8.30 am.
Lunch 12 midday.
Evening meal 5.00 pm.
Meals are served at your bedside but on Ward 66 there is the facility to dine in the dayroom if you prefer.
If you are going to be away from the ward during these times please inform your midwife who will arrange for a cold meal to be saved for you, or a snack box ordered on your return.
Alternatively your family can bring food for you from home/outside if you wish.
Unfortunately due to health and safety regulations we are unable to re-heat any food or drink.
Calling for assistance
Doctors' ward rounds
Please note that it may not be necessary for the doctor to review your case every day and you should discuss this with your midwife if you have any concerns.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Care of your new baby whilst in hospital
Examination of the newborn
You can read more about this test on page 47 of the booklet ‘Screening tests for you and your baby’.
Newborn Hearing Screening Test
You can read more about this test on page 50 of the booklet ‘Screening tests for you and your baby’.
Your midwife will arrange for this to happen at a time that is convenient to you and baby.
Feeding your baby
In order to reduce the risk of infection to your baby we recommend that you purchase at least one ‘starter pack’ of first infant milk containing 6 bottles and 6 teats. These are disposable, sterile, single use bottles and provide the safest option when formula feeding you baby whilst in hospital.
Your midwife is also there to offer you help and support with your choice of feeding method for your baby so please do not hesitate to ask for assistance if you need it.
Please note that we are unable to store opened formula milk on the wards so please do not bring in a large bottle of milk for your baby.
The midwives are required to complete a checklist in order to ensure all aspects of your continuing care are arranged. This process can take some time and some elements of this are beyond our control. Please be assured the staff will be doing everything they can to complete your discharge in a timely manner and your patience in this process is appreciated. If you have to wait for transport home once you have your discharge papers we will request that you wait in the dayroom.
Your GP and local midwife will be informed when you and your baby are going home. Once home, your local midwife will visit you within 24 hours and arrange a programme of care to suit you and your baby. Your midwife will also leave a contact telephone number. If you have not received a visit from the community midwife please telephone the Radio Telephone Room on (0161) 276 6246.
You will also need to see the midwife in the first few weeks to check on you and the baby’s wellbeing. Most of these appointments will be arranged for the community clinic. On day 5 baby will need a heel prick test as part of the neonatal screening programme. By day 10, the midwife will transfer your care to the health visitor, although in some cases midwifery care will last up until day 28.
Women with babies on the Neonatal Unit
Many women find that they prefer to be at home in a familiar environment. If you live too far from the hospital, or if transport is difficult, accommodation may be possible in the Ronald McDonald House, or within the neonatal unit parent accommodation in certain cases. You should discuss these options with the midwife on the ward.
Family planning and sexual health screening are also available every Wednesday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. No appointment is necessary.
Zion Community Resource Centre
339 Stretford Road
Tel: (0161) 226 5412 or (0161) 226 6669
Registering the birth of your baby
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.
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.