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M5 (Delivery Suite) at St Helier Hospital
M5 (Delivery Suite)
- Specialisation: Women come to give birth in either the birth centre or the delivery suite.
- Location: St Helier Hospital
Telephone number: 020 8296 2479
Second floor, Women's Health (E block)
Postal address to write to patients
M5 (Delivery Suite)
St Helier Hospital
- Matron: Emilie Lacquement (Lead Midwife)
- Head of Nursing: Marion Louki (Head of Midwifery)
- Ward rounds:
There is a consultant ward round daily at 9am, and other rounds at 8am, 1pm, 5pm and 10pm by the specialist registrar, senior house officer and co-ordinating midwife.
At 10pm there is a dialogue of ward activity between the on-call consultant and the specialist registrar.
The doctor may attend you at any time during your stay on the delivery suite.
There is 24 hour obstetric, neonatal and anaesthetic cover on the delivery suite.
- Medicine rounds: None on delivery suite. All women receive one-to-one care in labour, and the midwife caring for her is responsible for administering medications as required.
Women can eat and drink in early labour as long as there are no complicating factors. Please ask your midwife for advice.
You can also have food brought in if you prefer.
Beverages are served upon request. There is a chilled drinks machine located on the second floor of the maternity unit.
Most women attending the delivery suite will be more than 20 weeks pregnant. Normal birth is encouraged and supported by the midwifery and obstetric team, and many women have given birth in the pools since the birth centre was opened.
Facilities on the ward
- Number of single bedded rooms: 12 side rooms
- Single/mixed sex: This ward is for women only. Some women will have their own bedroom and bathroom. Women can have their birthing partner stay with them on the delivery suite.
- Hospedia system available:
- Other facilities: Birth centre: 4 birthing rooms, 3 with pools. The delivery suite has 8 delivery rooms (4 are ensuite). 2 obstetric operating theatres and 3 bedded recovery area /high dependency unit area 3 bathrooms. Drinks and snack machines are available in the antenatal care unit and on the second floor of the maternity unit in the waiting room.
Visiting the ward and restrictions for visitors
- Visiting hours: Open visiting for partners and mother’s own children.
- Max visitors per bed: 2
- Mobile phone policy: Mobile phones must be on silent or vibrate at all times, and must be switched off at the request of staff.
- Other restrictions for visitors:
Only one person can accompany a woman into theatre for delivery. Should a general anaesthetic be required, and the woman is put to sleep for a procedure, partners and relatives will not be permitted in the theatre.
No children under 16 years are allowed to visit unless they are the mother’s own.
Read more about protected mealtimes (see In the hospital) and privacy and dignity in our hospitals. Please observe the no smoking policy in all hospital buildings and on the hospital grounds (including car parks).
Restrictions for patients
- Can I receive flowers?: Yes
- What you cannot bring or use at this ward:
You cannot bring your own TV set. All electrical goods must be checked by our maintenance department before plugging in. No candles or incense burners to be used as these are a potential fire hazard. No pets are allowed onto the ward.
- Going home:
If you have been admitted antenatally, and have not yet had your baby you will be discharged on the advice of the obstetric doctor on-call.
Once you have given birth, your discharge home will depend on the well-being of you and your baby. Some women choose to go home within a few hours of the birth straight from the delivery suite or birth centre.
You will be given contact numbers and advice regarding postnatal check-ups and follow-up appointments with the community midwives.
- Good to know:
There is the facility to pay for a side room when you come in if one is available. A side room with ensuite is £175 and £125 without ensuite. Please note that clinical need will take priority over personal preference, and the facility may not always be available. You cannot book in advance but please ask about availability on admission. If you live outside our catchment area the discharging midwife will check the address that you are returning to and contact the nearest hospital to arrange community visits. During cold weather it is advisable to bring plenty of vests, cardigans, socks and hats to ensure your baby is kept warm, as cold can make babies unwell very quickly.