The Antenatal Day Unit is available for consultants, midwives and patients to refer into should they have any concerns about the wellbeing of the mother or baby. Staff on the Antenatal Day Unit can undertake various investigations and arrange medical input should this be required
Around 3,500 mothers choose to have their baby at Sunderland maternity unit every year. Our experienced midwives support expecting parents throughout their pregnancy with a team of consultants on hand for more complex pregnancies.
Maternity is part of the Obstetrics department.
Sunderland Maternity Unit was purpose built and opened in 2000. It is situated on Level D in the Chester Wing.On average the unit manages 3,500 births per year with a community midwifery led approach and additional support available from a team of consultants for patients with medium or high risk pregnancies.
Antenatal care is provided by community midwives based in Children's Centres, GP Practices and during home visits.Low risk patients will attend the antenatal clinic in a hospital setting for their dating and anomaly scan.However, medium and high risk patients will be required to attend more frequent hospital visits dependent upon their condition.
A maximum of 2 birthing partners are allowed during labour.
Partners are able to visit between 10:00am and 20:00pm. Any other visitors must visit between 14:00pm and 17:00pm or 6pm and 8pm. No more than 3 visitors at one time.
Delivery Suite 0191 5699777
Antenatal Clinic 0191 569 9036
Antenatal / Postnatal Ward 0191 569 9716
Antenatal Day Assessment Unit 0191 569 9181
The maternity unit is located at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Chester Wing. It is most easily accessed from Chester Road and is a short distance from Outpatients Entrance 5.
Divisional General Manager Jacquie Butterworth
Directorate Manager Joanna Clark
Clinical Director Mr Craig Steele
Matron Jacqui Dyson
Head of Midwifery Sheila Ford
Supervisor of Midwives
Supervisors of Midwives (SoMs) protect the public through the support of safe midwifery practice. SoMs are appointed by NHS England Local Supervising Authority (LSA). Supervision of midwives is a statutory requirement that provides a mechanism of support and guidance to every practising midwife in the United Kingdom.For more information click here.
The Delivery Suite has 23 LDRP rooms (labour, delivery, recovery and postnatal) which are single en-suite rooms. It is envisaged that patients who have an uncomplicated labour/delivery will remain in this room until discharge. We are also able to provide water births for those patients who have experienced uncomplicated pregnancies.
The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit is situated in Chester Lodge and utilises a multidisciplinary approach to the care of women with threatened miscarriage in early pregnancy.
Maternity Unit tours for expecting parents/birthing partners take place every Sunday at 14:00pm, meeting at the Delivery Suite reception.