Our Services

Delivery Suite

Where is the service provided from? 

Delivery Suite is a 24 hour service 7 days per week.  The department is located on the ground floor of the maternity unit at 

South Tyneside District Hospital

Harton Lane

South Shields

Tyne and Wear


Contact details?

Direct line to the reception desk is: 0191 4041033

Fax number: 0191 2024188

Department is currently managed by Midwife Melanie Booth 

The team 

The department is staffed with a team of midwives, maternity care assistants, medical staff, clerical officers and domestic staff.  Anaesthetic and paediatric staff attend the department when requested to assist and advise on care management. We are a teaching hospital so there may also be students involved in your care.

Delivery suite layout

Delivery Suite (ward 25) consists of nine individual delivery rooms and a purpose-built obstetric theatre. One of the rooms has a specially designed birthing pool allowing women to labour and deliver in water. However, not all women are suitable to use the birthing pool please discuss this with the midwife in charge of your care.  All of the rooms contain top-of-the-range furniture and fittings such as; ensuite facilities, cupboards for personal belonging and a bench top fridge for snacks and drinks. All rooms have disabled access and disabled facilities are available.

Care in the Delivery Suite is always provided by midwives, with support from the medical staff if required. We aim to provide one-to-one care in labour, with each patient being allocated a designated midwife who will normally continue care throughout her shift.

After labour you may be qualify for an early discharge home from delivery suite, however in some cases yourself or the baby may require further monitoring after birth and therefore be transferred to ward 22, the post-natal ward. For more information please look at ward 22 website page. 

Tours and water birth class

At South Tyneside hospital we provide tours of the delivery suite and the post-natal ward for yourself and your partner to familiarise yourself with the surroundings prior to birth. This class runs once a month and you will receive an invite in the post to inform you of the dates from this tour when you’re approximately 34 weeks pregnant. Speak to your community midwife for more information surrounding how to express an interest in attending our tour.

We also provide a water birth class on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1700-1830pm at South Tyneside in the function suite which is the hospital restaurant. This is available to all pregnant women and their birthing partners. At this class we discuss: benefits of water birth, who can have a water birth and coping techniques in labour.

Birthing partners and visiting

In order to ensure as much privacy and support for you in labour, we do not encourage more than two birthing partners to be present and other visitors are not allowed unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any other visitors during labour is at the discretion of the midwife looking after you. This will depend upon your individual situation and the other women in the department at that time. If you would like other visitors please ask the midwife in charge of your care to also respect other labouring women on the department.

Things to bring in for yourself in labour:

  • something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that doesn't restrict you from moving around or make you too hot, plus about 3 changes of clothes
  • a loose, comfortable outfit to wear home
  • breast pads
  • Maternity sanitary pads
  • 5 or 6 pairs of knickers – you may want to bring some disposable ones
  • your washbag with toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, deodorant, hair ties and other toiletries
  • towels
  • things to help you pass the time and relax – for example, books, magazines, music or podcasts
  • a fan or water spray to cool you down
  • dressing gown and slippers
  • healthy snacks and drinks
  • any medications you are taking

Things to bring in for your baby:

  • baby grows, vests and sleepsuits
  • an outfit for going home in
  • a hat, scratch mittens, and socks or booties 

Locations for Delivery Suite (ward 25) in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000