Welcome to our Postnatal Wards
After having your baby, you will admitted to either ward 47
(third flood) or Ward 66 (2nd floor). These wards
consist of a combination of side rooms and 4 bed bays.
Ward Manager (Ward 47b)
Ward Manager (Ward 66)
Ward 47b is located on the third floor of Saint Mary's
Ward 47b: (0161) 701
Ward 66 is located on the second floor of Saint Mary's
Ward 66: (0161) 276
Staff on the wards
You will be cared for on the postnatal wards by midwives and
health care support workers. The numbers of staff for each ward is
Early shift (morning): 4 midwives and 2 health care support
Late shift (afternoon): 3 midwives and 2 health care support
Night shift: 3 midwives 1 health care support worker
Early shift (morning): 5 midwives and 2 health care support
Late shift (afternoon): 5 midwives and 2 health care support
Night shift: 4 midwives and 1 health care support worker
Other staff on the wards
You may also see doctors on the wards, and sometimes nurses and
midwives dedicated to looking after your baby. The doctors will
either be Paediatricians (caring for the baby), Obstetricians
(caring for you) or anaesthetists.
Wards 47b and 66 operate the following visiting times:
Your partner or an alternative birthing partner (one person
10.00 am - 8.00 pm
All other visitors
2.00 pm - 4.30 pm and
6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Only 4 visitors, including partner and children, are allowed at
any one time.
Please be respectful of these times and leave promptly.
We hope you find the 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.
Due to the infection control risk we ask that flowers are not
brought onto the ward area.
Staying 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.
Tea and Coffee are available at all times in the dayroom.
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.
(times are approximate)
7.30 am until 8.30 am.
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
A call bell is available at your bedside which you can use to
call for assistance at any time of day or night.
Amenity room (planned use of a side room)
There is the facility to have an amenity room (private side
room) on Ward 66. There is a cost for these rooms which
should be paid for in advance. Unfortunately, this is not a
guarantee that the room will be available when you are in hospital
as, on occasion, demands on the service means that we cannot
provide these rooms. If not available, your money will be refunded.
The provision is only for a side room and other facilities (eg
visiting hours, food etc) are the same. The cost of this is
approximately £100 per 24 hours, and this can be arranged via the
cashier's office (telephone (0161) 276
4013/4401), which is located on the ground flood of Saint
Mary's Hospital, next to the blood test room (opposite the white
You can download a leaflet about Amenity Rooms
Doctors Ward rounds
The doctors will visit the ward between 8-9:30 am each day.
Please ensure that you are close to your bed around this time to
enable the doctors to review your case in a timely manner, if you
are under the care of a consultant. 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.
Examination of the newborn
All newborn babies have a full examination within the first 72
hours following birth. These are carried out by midwives who have
undergone an advanced qualification. A paediatrician
will be available to review your baby if the midwife identifies a
need for this. Click here and scroll to page 44 to read more about
this test in the booklet 'Screening tests for you and your
Newborn Hearing Screening Test
The Newborn Hearing Screening test is offered to all babies on
the ward. Click here and scroll to page 50 to read more
about this test in the booklet 'Screening tests for you and your
You will be offered the opportunity to be shown how to bath your
baby before you leave hospital. Your midwife will arrange for
this to happen at a time that is convenient to you and baby.
Newborn Intensive Care Unit
The unit has intensive care cots for babies born throughout the
North West region. If it becomes obvious before labour or delivery
that you baby will need intensive or special care, your midwife can
arrange for you to visit the unit. The unit also cares for
babies born within the region who may require surgery.
As there is a great demand for the unit's cots, we will transfer
your baby to your local hospital as soon as possible. This helps
keep more of the specialist cots available at Saint Mary's for
other babies. It also makes it easier for you, your relatives and
friends to care for your baby nearer to your own home.
As part of our service, we have a Family Care Scheme to offer
you support and practical advice throughout your pregnancy, during
your baby's admission to the unit and on discharge home.
In order to ensure the safety of our patients we ask all
patients to keep their curtains open at all times unless
undressing/breastfeeding etc. This helps staff to monitor the
wellbeing, safety and security of all mothers and babies on the
ward. This also ensures that the ward benefits from natural
light, which improves the environment for all.
Thank you for your co-operation.
The Trust provides a chaplaincy/spiritual service to all
patients. If you would like to access this service please ask
a member of staff who will be pleased to contact them for you.
When you are ready to go home 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. 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
Your midwife and obstetrician will be happy to discuss family
planning choices with you before you leave the hospital. You can
also discuss your choices further with your GP and local
Family planning and sexual health screening are also available
every Wednesday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. No appointment is
Zion Community Resource Centre
339 Stretford Road
226 5412 or (0161) 226
Leaving Hospital and Care at Home
Provided everything goes well with your labour and delivery you
will be discharged home within 24 hours. 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 suite 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
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
Babies and young children must always travel in an appropriate
car seat. Never use a rear-facing baby seat in the front of the
care when an airbag is fitted (unless it is switched off). If using
a front-facing seat, position the car seat as far back as possible.
Should the car have airbags in the rear, check the car manual or
contact the manufacturer to see if it has been tested with a car
seat fitted and get a copy of the research results before fitting
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Women with babies on the Neonatal Unit
If your baby has needed care on the neonatal unit and is not
ready to be discharged when you are, there are a number of options
for accommodation. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a
hospital bed on the postnatal ward once you are well enough to be
discharged from hospital. 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 Macdonald House, or within the neonatal unit
parent accommodation in certain cases. You should discuss these
options with the midwife on the ward.
Registering your baby
Click here to read about
registering the birth of your baby.
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
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 (details above) 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.