The Royal Oldham Hospital

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The Royal Oldham Hospital is located close to Oldham town centre, 8 miles north east of Manchester.

Formerly known as Oldham District and General, the hospital lies within the Coldhurst area of Oldham on the boundary with Royton. It was the birthplace of Louise Brown, the world's first successful in vitro fertilised "test tube baby", on 25 July 1978.

The hospital has a full accident and emergency department and offers a comprehensive range of acute and general surgical services, including vascular surgery. The site also offers more specialist services including clinical haematology and provides all of the Trust's gynaecological services to patients in North Manchester.

In recent years, the hospital has benefited from a £44m investment to provide a new, purpose built Women and Children's development and maternity ward. This has allowed the hospital to become one of three specialist level three maternity units in Greater Manchester.

The hospital has also benefited from additional investment to create a specialist children's accident and emergency department, which was launched in April 2014.

Visit the ward contact numbers page for phone numbers for wards at The Royal Oldham Hospital. Or contact the main switchboard for all calls relating to any services provided at our hospitals or in the community: 0161 624 0420

Maternity Services - 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.

For more information, please speak with your midwife, doctor or nurse. Alternatively, you can contact the Maternity Care helpline on 0161 627 8177. Please note that if this line is unanswered, you may have to leave a message with your contact details and someone from the maternity team will call you back.

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

Watch our new video about Maternity Services at The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary on YouTube