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Postnatal Care

Welcome to our Postnatal Wards

Mum, dad and baby

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)

Anne McGlone

Ward Manager (Ward 66)

Kate Dransfield


Ward 47b is located on the third floor of Saint Mary's Hospital.

Contact number:

Ward 47b:     (0161) 701 0019


Ward 66 is located on the second floor of Saint Mary's Hospital.

Contact number:

Ward 66:       (0161) 276 6528


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 as follows:


Ward 47b:

Early shift (morning): 4 midwives and 2 health care support workers

Late shift (afternoon): 3 midwives and 2 health care support workers

Night shift: 3 midwives 1 health care support worker


Ward 66

Early shift (morning): 5 midwives and 2 health care support workers

Late shift (afternoon): 5 midwives and 2 health care support workers

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 only)

8.00 am - 10.00 pm

All other visitors

10.00 am - 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.


Ward Information

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)

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

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)

White Rabbit

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 rabbit).

You can download a leaflet about Amenity Rooms here.


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 baby'.


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 baby'.


Demonstration bath

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.


Privacy curtains

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.


Chaplaincy/spiritual needs

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.


Going home

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 dayroom.


Family Planning

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 midwife.

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
M15 4ZY

Tel: (0161) 226 5412 or (0161) 226 6669


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 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.


Car Seats

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 the seat.


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.

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 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 (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.


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