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

Where is the service provided from?

Ward 22 is the ante natal and post-natal care ward which 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: Midwife ward manager Jacqueline Ramshaw

The team

Ward 22 is staffed with a team of midwives, maternity care assistants, physiotherapists, 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 and may take part in your care on ward 22.

During your stay on the ward you will be given the name of a midwife who will care for you during each shift period.  Together you your midwife and where necessary the medical team plan your maternity care throughout your stay on ward 22.

Antenatal period

In the antenatal period hospital care is only necessary if your health or the health of your baby requires more frequent observation. This may be due to things such as; high blood pressure, vaginal bleeding or sickness.  The length of you stay would be individual to your needs and you would be assessed at intervals during the day. 

Postnatal period and discharge home

Your 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. All babies delivered at South Tyneside Maternity Unit have an identity band in place which will match the mothers name for identity reasons. 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. 

All babies prior to discharge require a newborn physical exam undertaken by one of the midwives. They will also receive hearing screening test prior to discharge.

Infant feeding policy

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.  However at South Tyneside Foundation Trust we support mother’s choice of feeding method although artificial milk is not provided by the Trust. 

Induction of Labour

You may be asked to attend ward 22 as part of your induction of labour process which will be described to you by your community midwife. You may remain on ward 22 until labour progresses then be transferred onto delivery suite. Whilst under the induction of labour process one birthing partner may stay with you at all times. Other visitors may come as described in visiting times below. 

Partners staying over night

In some cases we offer the service where your partner may stay overnight with you on your first night on ward 22 to help care for the baby. However, this is extremely limited due to lack or services. This also may not be in a single room and could possibly be with other women and their partners. 


Partners/ or one person or your choice - 12:00pm-19:30

Partners only - 19:30-21:30 (This time is provided for you and your partner should you wish to have some alone time together.) 

Other visitors  - 14:00-15:00 & 18:00-19:30 

Children  - only women’s own children allowed to visit between 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-19:30 

Only 4 visitors per bed plus partner and their own children. 

Useful things to have with you when staying on ward 22

  • Nightwear
  • Dressing gown
  • Day clothes
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Maternity pads
  • Maternity knickers (large size for comfort)
  • Slippers/shoes
  • Breast pads

 Useful things for baby to bring into ward 22

  • Nappies
  • Readymade milk with bottles (if choosing to bottle feed, not powdered milk)
  • Vests  (lots of)
  • Baby grows (lots of)
  • Bibs

 Additional information

  • Bedside services of TV and telephone are available in all rooms but a charge will apply
  • Day room with refreshments and TV
  • Wi-Fi now available for patients
  • Fridges in every room for own food and drink

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

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000