Recent decisions taken by the Trust around maternity services have meant that we have had to make changes to the way this ward is utilised. If you have any queries please contact 0191 404 1033
During your stay on the ward you will be given the name of a midwife who will care for you during each shift period and together you and where necessary the medical team plan your care.
In the antenatal period hospital care is only necessary if your health or the health of your baby requires more frequent observation such as high blood pressure or vaginal bleeding. The length of you stay would be individual to your needs and you would be assessed at intervals during the day.
In the postnatal period a midwife will examine you and your baby each day, offering you help, support and advice on the care of your baby and your own wellbeing.
The current trend is that women prefer to go home as soon as possible. However, consideration will be given to individual circumstances; this will be negotiated between you and your appointed midwife. The average length of stay is:
Where is the service provided from?
Ward 22 is a 24 hour service 7 days per week and is located on the second floor of the maternity unit at
South Tyneside District Hospital
Tyne and Wear
Direct line to the staff office is: 0191 4041022
Department is managed by: Safe Care Lead Midwife Jacqueline Ramshaw
The department is staffed with a team of midwives, physiotherapists, maternity care assistants, medical staff, clerical officer and domestic staff. Anaesthetic and paediatric staff attend the department when requested to assist and advise on care management.
Students in all staff groups also undertake training in this area
Bedside services of TV and telephone are available in all rooms but a charge will apply.
All babies delivered at South Tyneside Maternity Unit have a security tag placed around the ankle at delivery as well as an identity band.
Strict procedures are followed to protect babies during their stay in the Maternity Unit: alarms are activated should someone attempt to remove a baby from the ward. The tag is removed only when the baby is being discharged home.
Partners and their children: 12 noon – 3pm and 5pm – 7.30pm
Partners only: 8pm – 9.30pm
All other visitors: 2pm – 3pm and 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Infant feeding policy
South Tyneside Maternity Unit supports breastfeeding mothers
Breastfeeding is the best and most natural start to give your baby. The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life as it provides all the nutrients a baby needs. It also ensures that your baby receives vital immunity to protect him/her against illness. Artificial milk is not provided by the Trust
South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000