Providing you are you baby are well, we will aim to support your discharge in 6-8 hours. Should you or your baby require any additional care you will be transferred to the postnatal ward for continued care.
Antenatal & Postnatal
Ward 8 is where you may be admitted to if you require to stay for any reason in your pregnancy or after the birth of your baby.
A WIFI password is available for your stay and can be obtained from main reception in the hospital or from one of our housekeepers in the ward.
At FVRH we offer the opportunity for partners to stay overnight before or after the birth of your baby, if single Room accommodation is available. However in exceptional/emergency situations the overnight stay facilities may have to be withdrawn at short notice.
Ward 8 operates visiting from the hours of 9am to 10pm for birth partners and all other visitors 11am to 8pm daily and we ask that you have a maximum of three visitors at your bedside at one time.
Baby in NNU
If for any reason your baby is admitted to the neonatal unit, to be cared for, a plan of care will be agreed with you and the nursing and medical staff in the unit. You can find more information on the webpage about our neonatal unit here at FVRH.
We would hope to offer you single room accommodation in Ward 8 while your baby is being cared for in the neonatal unit. Your baby may need to stay in the neonatal unit for longer than you need to be in hospital, therefore you will be discharged from Ward 8 and visit your baby from home.
Transitional Care is a service within Ward 8 where babies who need a little bit more nursing care and monitoring can stay with mum rather than going to the Neonatal Unit. This means that mum and baby can stay together and mum can be the main carer for her baby, supported by healthcare professionals.
Your baby may be admitted to Transitional care for a number of reasons:
- Babies born 4-6 weeks early
- Babies who are small and need help keeping warm and/or help with feeding
- Babies who may need double phototherapy (light treatment) for jaundice
- Babies who have additional nursing needs which will be explained to you at the time
The main aim of transitional care is to provide support for you to look after your baby, and to be fully involved in the planning and care of your baby.
Care In Your Home
A midwife, normally from your team, will visit you the day after you leave hospital, she will work with you to plan subsequent visits to meet you and your baby’s needs. You may also choose to attend a clinic within the hospital for your postnatal checks; this runs at weekends and is very popular.