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Ward telephone nos: 01473 703030 or 703031
Lead Midwife: Yvonne Price
Nearest car park:
Nearest entrance:
Directions from entrance to ward:
Car Park G. View car parking information.
Entrance 8 (Maternity)
All admissions should report to Maternity reception situated directly within double automatic doors. Orwell Ward is on the 3rd floor of the Maternity block. Access is via lift or stairs. View hospital map.
Overview: Orwell Ward is a 22-bedded antenatal and postnatal consultant-led ward. 
Visiting times: Named visitor visiting times: 9 am - 1 pm and 3 - 9 pm daily,
and for other visitors 3 - 7 pm daily. Please assist the ward staff by only visiting at the above times, unless you have made other arrangements with the ward sister or charge nurse. 
No of visitors per bed: We request that there are only three visitors at a time and ask that visitors are considerate to the needs of other patients on the ward. 
Meal times: Breakfast: 8 - 9 am, Lunch: 12 - 1 pm, Dinner: 5 - 6 pm
Ward rounds: The on-call consultant makes a ward round every morning at approximately 10 am.
Amenity fund: Orwell Ward Fund No 10332. 
Additional information: For safety and security reasons an intercom / CCTV system controls access to the Maternity Wards and Neonatal Unit. At busy times, visitors may have to wait to gain entry to the wards.

It is very important that we reduce the risk of infection to all mothers and babies and for this reason, we ask everyone to use the alcohol hand gel provided before entering any wards or clinics. Visitors must keep contact with babies to a minimum and should wash their hands thoroughly both before and after. We also ask that all visitors, including partners, do not sit or lie on beds.

Hot meals, lunches and refreshments are available from the hospital restaurant or from the variety of coffee shops around the hospital.

Good communication is very important to everyone: to your family, your friends and the midwifery team. We would therefore be grateful if you could name one person who has your permission to be the 'key contact' to enquire about your progress during your stay on the ward and who can tghen pass the information on to others who may be interested or concerned.

Further information about giving birth, coming into hospital and caring for your newborn baby can be found in the Bounty booklet that we will give to you when you book your delivery.
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