Our Services

Maternity Ward (Ward 22)

Please note:

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:

  • One night for second-time mums
  • Two nights for first-time mums
  • Three nights for mums following a caesarean section.

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
Harton Lane
South Shields
Tyne and Wear

Contact details

Direct line to the staff office is: 0191 4041022

Department is managed by: Safe Care Lead Midwife Jacqueline Ramshaw

The team 

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

Additional information

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

Locations for Maternity Ward (Ward 22) in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000