Maternity Inpatients/Lilac Ward

Peterborough City Hospital

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Maternity Inpatients is a 23 bedded antenatal and postnatal ward at Peterborough City Hospital. The ward consists of 3 side rooms and five 4 bedded bays. The friendly ward team consists of Midwives, Nursery Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Maternity Support Workers, Obstetrician’s, Newborn Hearing Screeners and a Paediatrician who is based on the ward daily from 9am-4pm to ensure that families get the best care during their stay. 

Women who are cared for on Maternity Inpatients, include:

  • High risk antenatal patients requiring admission for observations
  • Induction of Labour on low risk women
  • Postnatal care to mothers and babies

On the ward the infant feeding team play an important role in supporting mothers to feed their babies, though all staff are trained in offering this support as well.

Staff also work closely with the multidisciplinary team, including, obstetricians, paediatricians, physiotherapists, safeguarding team and community team to ensure a high level of care is provided to our patients. 

Staff are highly committed to ensuring families receive excellent care, and we are proud of the accolade of ‘Outstanding’ awarded by our latest inspection for Caring, Responsive, Effective, Well Led & Safe practice. Staff are highly committed to ensuring families receive excellent care. Staff promote and embed the Trust values within the care provided. We always value patient feedback to help us improve patient experience and our maternity services.

Location: Level 1 in the Women and Children’s Unit at Peterborough City Hospital. Take the lift or the stairs from the Women and Children's Unit to level one and turn right. You will find us towards the end of the corridor on the right-hand side.

Ward telephone: 01733 677218

If you and your baby are well after you have given birth, you will both be transferred to our Maternity inpatients ward, where you will be cared for by our friendly team of midwives. They will be on hand to provide you with any advice and support you may need.

CURRENT VISITING TIMES

8am to 8pm

Our visiting times may be subject to change due to Trust and Government guidance

Post-natal wards – The birthing partner must be the designated visitors for the entire time that the lady is in hospital. This is to reduce the risk of cross-infection. Birthing partners can visit at one of the allocated time slots. These are:

No visitors will be permitted to stay overnight during this time.
Visiting times (pre-covid):   
  • Partners: Open visiting     
  • All other visitors: 2pm to 4pm 
  • All other visitors: 6pm to 8pm    

Ward facilities:

  • There are 23 beds on the ward            
  • A mixture of single rooms with en-suite facilities and bays of four beds with a shared en-suite wet room 
  • Your baby will stay in a cot beside your bed

  • Each bed has access to free TV 

  • A separate eating and sitting area within each bay

During your stay - your baby will stay beside you day and night.

You will be encouraged to be as independent as you can with your baby but our midwives will be available to offer assistance and advice should you need it.

Cot linen and towels for your babies use will be provided. We do not provide nappies, clothes, cotton wool or toiletries so please ask visitors to bring them in for you if needed.

We have a specialist infant feeding team who will assist and support mothers in their chosen choice of feeding. If you wish to formula feed please ensure you bring in ready made newborn formula milk.

If you wish to leave the ward for any reason you should always tell the midwife on duty.

Face masks/coverings 

  • Visitors MUST wear face coverings in ALL communal areas of the hospital, in bed spaces/rooms if curtains/doors are open AND within bed spaces/rooms when staff members are present within the space
  • Inpatients MUST wear face coverings in ALL communal areas of the hospital and in bed spaces/rooms if curtains/doors are open - unless labouring
  • Medical exemptions for face coverings apply to both inpatients and visitors - please be mindful of this

Meals are served at the bedside and there are tables in the four-bedded areas for you to eat at if you want to. 

Meal times are approximately at: 

  •    Breakfast 8am     
  •    Lunch 12noon  
  •    Dinner 5pm   

Fresh water is provided for you in a jug by your bed, hot drinks are brought round at intervals in the day.

Snacks, drinks and toiletries can be found in the shop in the foyer on the ground floor and there are various retail outlets based in the main hospital atrium.

Your midwife should give you a predicted discharge date and estimation of time of when you can expect to be discharged. It is usual when you have had a straightforward delivery to go home the same or next day.

Before you are discharged your baby will need a routine physical examination by a paediatrician or midwife. You will also be offered a hearing screen and a vaccination if this has been recommended for your baby. Any medications you need to take home will be supplied.

Once your midwife has performed all the checks for you and your baby, and the paperwork has been completed, then you may then go home.

The discharge procedure can take a few hours due to medications and paperwork. If you have urgent issues to deal with at home, you can nominate someone to return and collect your medications.

We strongly advise that you use a car seat for taking baby home. 

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

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Lilac Ward is a 28 bedded antenatal and postnatal ward at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The ward consists of 3 side rooms and five 5 bedded bays. The friendly ward team consists of Midwives, Maternity Support Staff, Obstetrician’s, Newborn Hearing Screeners and a Paediatrician who visits the ward daily to ensure that families get the best care during their stay. 

Women who are cared for on Lilac Ward, include:

  • High risk antenatal patients requiring admission for observations
  • Induction of Labour
  • Postnatal care to mothers and babies, including Transitional Care

We have close working relationships with our neonatal team to support our Transitional Care facilities. 

On the ward the infant feeding team play an important role in supporting mothers to feed their babies, though all staff are trained in offering this support as well.

Staff also work closely with the multidisciplinary team, including, obstetricians, paediatricians, safeguarding team and community team to ensure a high level of care is provided to our patients. 

Staff are highly committed to ensuring families receive excellent care. Staff promote and embed the Trust values within the care provided. We always value patient feedback to help us improve patient experience and our maternity services.

Location: Level 1, take the lift or stairs and follow the signs (it is located opposite Labour Ward)

Ward telephone: 01480 418770

CURRENT VISITING TIMES

8am to 8pm

Our visiting times may be subject to change due to Trust and Government guidance

Post-natal wards – The birthing partner must be the designated visitors for the entire time that the lady is in hospital. This is to reduce the risk of cross-infection. Birthing partners can visit at one of the allocated time slots. These are:

No visitors will be permitted to stay overnight during this time.

Visiting times (pre-covid):   

  • Partners: Open visiting     
  • All other visitors: 2pm to 4pm 
  • All other visitors: 6pm to 8pm    

Ward facilities:

  • There are 28 beds on the ward            
  • A mixture of single rooms with en-suite facilities and bays of five beds with a shared en-suite wet room 
  • Your baby will stay in a cot beside your bed

  • Each bed has access to free TV 

  • There is a day room located within the ward

During your stay - your baby will stay beside you day and night.

You will be encouraged to be as independent as you can with your baby but our midwives will be available to offer assistance and advice should you need it.

Cot linen and towels for your babies use will be provided. We do not provide nappies, clothes, cotton wool or toiletries so please ask visitors to bring them in for you if needed.

We have a specialist infant feeding team who will assist and support mothers in their chosen choice of feeding. If you wish to formula feed please ensure you bring in ready made newborn formula milk.

If you wish to leave the ward for any reason you should always tell the midwife on duty. 

Face masks/coverings 

  • Visitors MUST wear face coverings in ALL communal areas of the hospital, in bed spaces/rooms if curtains/doors are open AND within bed spaces/rooms when staff members are present within the space
  • Inpatients MUST wear face coverings in ALL communal areas of the hospital and in bed spaces/rooms if curtains/doors are open - unless labouring
  • Medical exemptions for face coverings apply to both inpatients and visitors - please be mindful of this

Meals are served at the bedside and there are tables in the five-bedded areas for you to eat at if you want to. 

Meal times are approximately at: 

  •    Breakfast (self-service from around 6.30am)  
  •    Lunch 12noon  
  •    Dinner 5pm   

Fresh water is provided for you in a jug by your bed, a self-service area for hot drinks and food is located on the ward.

Snacks, drinks and toiletries can be found in the shop in the foyer on the ground floor and there are various retail outlets based in the main hospital atrium.

Your midwife should give you a predicted discharge date and estimation of time of when you can expect to be discharged. It is usual when you have had a straightforward delivery to go home the same or next day.

Before you are discharged your baby will need a routine physical examination by a paediatrician or midwife. You will also be offered a hearing screen and a vaccination if this has been recommended for your baby. Any medications you need to take home will be supplied.

Once your midwife has performed all the checks for you and your baby, and the paperwork has been completed, then you may then go home.

The discharge procedure can take a few hours due to medications and paperwork. If you have urgent issues to deal with at home, you can nominate someone to return and collect your medications.

We strongly advise that you use a car seat for taking baby home. 

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