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Postnatal ward

The antenatal and postnatal ward at Macclesfield District General Hospital Maternity Unit prides itself in being a warm, friendly and clean environment in which you can get to know your new baby and start life as a family together with the support and guidance from our experienced maternity team.

We aim to continue to deliver individualised care into the postnatal period focusing on women’s choices and needs.

During your stay on the postnatal ward

During your stay on the postnatal ward at Macclesfield District General 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 tailor an individual care package that will meet all your physical and psychological needs in order to prepare you for discharge home and the transition into parenthood.
The midwives are supported by a team of auxiliary workers who help them care for our women and babies. These include specially trained maternity care assistants, health care assistants, nursery nurses, newborn hearing screeners, paediatricians and obstetricians. We have a strong focus on team working with in the unit to promote good communication, safe and effective care.
To compliment the midwives daily check your baby’s hearing will be assessed by our team of newborn hearing screeners. Your baby will also receive a full top to toe newborn examination from either a specially trained midwife or a paediatrician. 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.
Our two nursery nurses will be on hand to provide parent education (partners included!) on baby care such as nappy changing demonstrations, bath demonstrations and advice on baby safety and cot death prevention.
The postnatal ward comprises of two six bedded wards and three private rooms (amenity rooms) and a six bedded antenatal ward. 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 designated feeding room with specially designed furniture to aid support while breast feeding your baby. 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 phone number is available for you to access midwifery advice and this will be 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. 

Midwifery managers

 Name Title   Number
Mrs L Moorcroft Head of Midwifery and Women’s Services 01625 661146
Miss H Millward Antenatal & Postnatal Ward Manager 01625 661145




Visiting times

For the security of women and their babies we would appreciate it if you could comply with the following visiting times: 

  • 9.00am – 11.00pm - Partners only
  • 3.00pm – 4.00pm - Maximum three visitors only
  • 7.00pm – 8.00pm - Maximum three visitors only
  • 1.30pm – 2.30pm - Neonatal Unit closed

Visiting outside these times is at the discretion of the midwife in charge.
Only your own children may visit.

More information

Ante/Postnatal Ward: 01625 661 145 or 01625 661 153

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