The delivery unit and obstetric theatres aim to provide high quality care to mothers and babies during childbirth and the immediate postnatal period. We offer both midwifery and consultant-led care. The lead carer will be decided in the antenatal period according to a risk assessment and the woman’s choice.

Visiting times

Delivery Unit

  • For partners: 24/7 for birthing partner

Close Observation Unit

  • For partners: 24/7
  • For other visitors: 13:00 - 15:00 and 17.00 - 19.30

Please note: only children of the patient are allowed to visit. Two visitors per bed at visiting times. In exceptional circumstances, for more visitors please speak to the midwife in charge.


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Alberto Rodriguez-Cala

Lead Midwife for Delivery Unit
Alberto Rodriguez-Cala

The most rewarding thing is seeing a happy face when I look after a woman, and a 'thank you'.

About the ward: 

Clinic 23 is a new area at the entrance to the delivery unit open daily from 07:45 - 20:15 for triage, this is where women are assessed for treatment and possible admission.

The delivery unit has a birthing pool, eight delivery rooms and four clinical rooms. The clinical rooms are used for women who have known risk factors that might complicate labour and delivery. Some of the rooms have en suite facilities and work is still ongoing to achieve all rooms with this facility.

A bereavement suite of two rooms is also available for medical terminations of pregnancy for fetal abnormalities, and for those women who are expecting stillborn babies. An upgrade of this facility is in progress.

Obstetric theatres

Rosie theatres provide a twin-theatre suite for the maternity service. Geographically, they are part of the delivery unit and provide 24-hour, 7-day emergency cover as well as six elective surgery lists a week.

Obstetric close observation unit / recovery 

In October 2013 a new purpose built eight bedded unit opened. Five beds are for women requiring recovery post surgery and three beds providing a closer level of care to women who have high risk care needs. Most women will be transferred to the postnatal ward (Lady Mary ward) within 24 hours.


  • The Rosie delivers approximately 6000 babies per year
  • We have a 27.3 % caesarean rate (elective and emergency, 2013 figures)
  • We have a 24.4% induction of labour rate (2013 figures)
  • A comprehensive anaesthetic service with consultant supervision provides anaesthesia for elective and emergency procedures
  • A 24-hour epidural service is also provided for analgesia in labour when requested.
Finding us: 

Head straight through the Rosie reception area, past the Pavilion cafe. Take lift B (on the left) or the stairs up to level 3 and follow the signs to delivery unit. Alternatively through the ATC entrance; turn left, and then right up the ramp to the Rosie and take lift B (on the right) or stairs to level 3.

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