During your stay on the postnatal ward at Salisbury District Hospital our team of midwives will assess your needs on a daily basis. This assessment will include both yourself and your newborn baby. From this assessment the midwives will be able to provide care on an individual basis that will meet all your physical and psychological needs in order to prepare you for discharge home.
The midwives are supported by a team who help them care for you and your baby. These include specially trained maternity care assistants, pediatricians and obstetricians. We have a strong focus on team working within the unit to promote good communication and safe and effective care.
Your baby will receive a full top to toe newborn examination from either a specially trained midwife or a pediatrician. This examination will include a check on your baby’s heart sounds, hips and provide an opportunity to discuss common problems and ailments that you may encounter in the postnatal period for example jaundice, nappy rash and colic. If it is not possible to complete this examination in the hospital it will be completed by a midwife in the community.
All midwives and maternity assistants will provide you and your partner with parent education on baby care such as nappy changing demonstrations, bath demonstrations and advice on baby safety and cot death prevention.
The postnatal ward comprises of one 7 bedded bay, one 4 bedded bay and four amenity side rooms. All beds have nurse call bell availability and pre-pay TV and bedside phones so your family and friends can keep up to date with you during your stay. We also offer a quiet room if you would like time to yourself. Equipment is available for expressing breast milk and milk storage if this is required.
The midwives caring for you will be able to advise you on the most suitable time for your discharge home. For some mums this may be an early discharge home on the same day as delivery if all is well and adequate support is available at home. It is recognised that pregnancy and delivery is a normal process and while the hospital environment is the chosen place for some women to deliver, postnatal care and recuperation is best in the home environment and it is advised support from your partner, family and friends is available on your return home. A 24 hour emergency phone number (01722 336262), depending on your area and a non urgent number (01722 425185) is given to you on discharge from hospital. You will also received follow-up care from the community team midwives which will consist of a home visit and an invitation to see them at the local children’s centre.
For the security of women and their babies we would appreciate it if you could comply with the following visiting times:
- 10.00am – 9.00pm - Partners only
- 3.00pm – 7.00pm - Maximum three visitors only
No children may visit other than the mother’s own.
All entrances to the ward are locked at all times and visitors can access the ward via the telephone intercom system.
On arrival to the postnatal ward your baby will have a security tag applied to their ankle and on discharge home this will be removed.
If you choose to have an amenity bed (A bed in a separate room), there are 4 available which are provided on a first come first served basis, but if a women has a clinical need for a single room then they will take priority. The rooms are charged on a per night basis and the cost is £80 per night payable by on admission. Your room will be en suite and your partner will be able to stay but visiting times are the same for all other visitors. We unfortunately are unable to provide food for your partner but a fridge and microwave is available on the ward if required. We also ask that partners do not walk around the ward outside of visiting hours. Amenity rooms can be booked in advance or on the day subject to availability.