Maternity Services

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We provide inpatient maternity services from our two state-of-the-art purpose-build Women and Children’s facilities at North Manchester General Hospital and at The Royal Oldham Hospital. Both units have opened in the last few years following significant investment. Both facilities have consultant-led labour wards, new post-natal wards and new co-located midwife-led birth centres with birthing pools.

Last year, over 10,500 babies were born in total across both hospitals. The new facilities offer women first class care in their local community in a modern, bright, 21st century setting.  

Antenatal outpatient services continue to be provided at all of our four hospital sites.

The Royal Oldham Hospital

The Royal Oldham Hospital's new maternity unit, children's unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) fully opened on 3rd December 2012.

Our new £44m women and children's facility involves a major new purpose-built four storey building, new antenatal wards, labour delivery rooms, midwife-led birth centre, obstetric theatres, children's unit and paediatric theatre, and a brand new Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Royal Oldham Hospital is now one of three specialist regional neonatal centres providing the highest level of intensive care to the smallest and most vulnerable babies. The NICU consists of 37 cots with 9 intensive care, 9 high dependency and 19 special care cots.

The new facilities are available for women from Oldham, Rochdale borough, Middleton and surrounding areas. Approximately 5,300 babies are expected to be delivered per year at the new maternity unit.

Have a look at our film on YouTube which gives you an overview of the facilities available.

For more information, please speak with your midwife, doctor or nurse. Alternatively, you can call the Maternity Care helpline on 0161 627 8177.

You can also download a booklet below featuring four patient stories, all about the positive experiences they had when they were patients at The Royal Oldham Hospital Maternity Dept.

North Manchester General Hospital

Our purpose-built women and children’s facility, including a new delivery suite and labour rooms and post-natal wards, opened at North Manchester General Hospital in June 2010 following £32 million of investment.

On the second floor are the delivery suites, which feature private ensuite rooms, two birthing pools, sitting rooms, operating theatres and updated resuscitation facilities. The top level of the building is home to the Antenatal and Postnatal Wards providing warm, comfortable surroundings for parents and parents-to-be.

Within the facility, a co-located midwife-led birth centre, which includes private rooms and 2 birthing pools, is available for women which offer privacy and home-from-home comforts, including en-suite facilities and modern furnishings. The women and children’s facility also provides a higher level of care for small and vulnerable babies at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU level 2).

Children and young people who also require overnight care can be admitted to the adjoining state-of-the art children’s unit to receive further specialist care.  

Have a look at our film on YouTube which gives you an overview and inside tour of the facilities.

National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service (NCARDRS)

On August 1st 2017 the Trust will begin participating in the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service (NCARDRS), run by Public Health England. This means that any pregnant woman who has a baby with either:

  • a suspected or confirmed anomaly (a problem with the structure of the baby)
  • or rare disease will have their information passed on to NCARDRS.

This information will include name, address, date of birth as well as information about any diagnosis or treatment. Collecting this information is important because it helps NCARDRS to make progress in the prevention and treatment of congenital anomalies (problems that babies are born with) and rare diseases. This may help other patients and families in the future. Registration is the only way we can keep track of how many people are born with an anomaly or rare disease.

The Registration Service has the government’s permission to collect this information, governed by strict confidentiality and data protection policies. However, if you do not wish your information to be used, you can opt-out of NCARDRS.

If you wish to make a request to opt-out, you should email optout.ncardrs@phe.gov.uk or write to:

Director National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service

Public Health England

Wellington House

London SE1 8UG