Maternity

Newborn BabyEnjoy a well deserved rest in the privacy of your own comfortable room at the Bournemouth Maternity Unit.

We have comfortable private amenity rooms available for women after they have given birth at Royal Bournemouth Hospital and are situated within the Maternity Unit's postnatal ward. Transfers from other Maternity Units are welcome. Private amenity rooms are for those women who wish to have additional comfort and privacy after their baby is born. The rooms are decorated to a high standard and are supplied with a complementary TV system and internet services. These rooms offer women and their families the opportunity to pay for a private amenity room whilst continuing to receive NHS care.

Normally you cannot pre-book these rooms. However, if you are due to have an elective (planned) caesarean section and the dates are confirmed, then it is possible to pre-book. We cannot guarantee that a private amenity room will be available when you are admitted. When you come into the Maternity Unit to have your baby inform the receptionist that you would like a private amenity room and they will check if there is one available and let you know. These rooms are booked on a 'first come first served' basis and rooms are subject to availability. There is no limit to the number of days a patient occupies a room. If, in the unlikely event that the room is required due to the clinical need of another patient, the Trust reserves the right to ask a patient occupying a private amenity room to vacate.

Maternity RoomAt the start of your stay you will be asked to sign an "Agreement to Pay" form. If you are discharged during office hours you will be asked to settle your account by debit/credit card upon departure. If you are discharged outside office hours you will be contacted by Bournemouth Private Clinic within 5 working days to settle your outstanding account. If you choose to pay by credit card a 2.5% administration fee will be added to your bill. The cost of the room is £95 per night.

Any income from private amenity rooms is invested into the Maternity Unit and the care of patients.

Questions & Answers for the Maternity Unit

Can private amenity rooms be pre-booked?

Normally you cannot pre-book these rooms. However, if you are due to have an elective (planned) caesarean section and the dates are confirmed, then it is possible to pre-book. When you are admitted to the Maternity Unit to have your baby, please inform the staff that you would like to have a private amenity room and they will then check to see if there is availability. If you are a Poole Hospital patient, please ask staff to ring the Bournemouth Maternity Department on 01202 704684 or 704685 to check for availability.

If I have a C-Section how long is it before I can transfer to a private amenity room?

You can transfer 24 hours after the birth.

What is the price per night of the rooms?

The price is £95 per night.

How will patients be billed for / pay for the room?

At the beginning of your stay you will be asked to sign an "Agreement to Pay" form. If you are discharged during office hours (8.30 to 4.30, Monday to Friday) you will be asked to settle your account by debit/credit card upon departure. If you are discharged outside office hours you will be contacted by Bournemouth Private Clinic within 5 working days to settle your outstanding account. If you choose to pay by credit card a 2.5% administration fee will be added to your bill.

Can patients transfer from another hospital?

Yes, patients are welcome to transfer from another hospital to a private amenity room. If you are a Poole Hospital patient, please ask staff to ring the Bournemouth Maternity Department on 01202 704684 or 704685 to check for availability.

Does Bournemouth Private Clinic provide transfers from another hospital?

No, we do not provide a transfer facility; it would be up to the patient to make the journey to Bournemouth Hospital. We can however provide details of private ambulance companies. A private ambulance from Poole Hospital to RBCH costs approximately £120-£150.

Who does the patient contact if they are ready to be transferred to a private room and want to check availability?

Patients can contact the Ward Clerk in the Maternity Department on 01202 704684 or 704685.

Can patients arrange to see the Maternity Unit and the private amenity rooms prior to the birth of their baby?

Yes this is possible; there are tours of the Maternity Unit on Sundays at 2pm. To book one of these tours, patients can go online: www.rbch.nhs.uk/our_services/clinical_services/maternity/book_session.

Alternatively they can contact Wendy Dally on 01202 303626.

Will the baby be with the patient the whole time?

Yes, we encourage mums to be with their baby all the time. We are happy to offer help and support at any time with feeding and baby-care. There is always an experienced midwife on duty day and night.

Do the rooms have en-suite facilities?

The rooms do not have full en-suite facilities but they do have a wash basin. The rooms are decorated to a high standard and are supplied with complimentary TV system and internet services. The rooms offer women and their families the opportunity to pay for a private amenity room whilst continuing to receive NHS care.

Can partners / relatives stay overnight in the room?

Unfortunately we have no facilities to accommodate partners/relatives overnight. Partners and own children can visit at any time. Other visitors can visit between 3 - 5pm and 7 - 8 pm.

Are there a maximum number of nights patients can stay in the room?

There is no limit on the number of nights patients can stay. The average stay is 1-2 nights.

Do patients receive any special care/treatment whilst in a private amenity room?

No, patient care will be the same as for all other patients on the Maternity Unit.

If a room is not available, can patients be put on a waiting list?

If you have requested a private amenity room as soon as a room becomes available you will be moved into it.

If a patient is well enough to be discharged but they would like to stay an extra night in a private room will they still be entitled to NHS care?

Yes, you will receive NHS care for your entire stay.

Could people in the private amenity rooms be moved out if necessary for clinical need of another lady?

Yes, the Trust reserves the right to ask patients to vacate the private room should it arise that another patient with greater need requires such accommodation. However due to the type of patient accommodated at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, it is highly unlikely that the room will be required for another patient.