Ward Information

Ward Information

Parent Accommodation

A mother and baby room is available for parents to use.  This may be for establishing breast-feeding and for staying overnight before going home or just somewhere to get some ‘time out’.  This room has en suite facilities.

Parent Facilities


There is a parents' lounge by the entrance to the ward where you can have a drink or snack.

A toilet is available by the lounge with wash and shower facilities on Caroline Thorpe Ward.

On level 1 of the Ladywell Unit there is a vending machine for snacks and cold drinks.  There is a hot drink and vending machine in Ladywell reception.

When parents are resident they can use the kitchen facilities on the right by the lifts at the main entrance to the wards.  There is a microwave oven and a small fridge. 

Mobile Phone Use

If you could keep your phone on silent whilst on the ward to respect the babies and other families.  But you’re welcome to use it in the parents' room and quiet room.

Telephone and Computer Access

We do not have these facilities on SCU but staff can take phone messages for you.

There is a payphone and free taxi call service in the main reception area on the ground floor.

Breastfeeding facilities and support

We have a quiet room that is available for breast expressing, parent information, private ‘family time out and play’ or for waiting whilst your baby has a procedure, (eg x-ray etc).

We have a fridge and freezer to store all your breast milk until your baby is well enough to have it.  Please bring any milk you have previously expressed in other units.

We have some breast pumps available to loan whilst your baby is on the unit.

Facilities for Siblings

You’re welcome to take siblings into the quiet room to play where there are some toys etc.  There is also a play room on the Children’s Ward next to SCU which you can use.

Parent Support Groups

 We have a parent support group called POPSI.