Early pregnancy unit

The early pregnancy unit (EPU) provides care and support for women up to 22 weeks gestation who may be experiencing problems in their pregnancy.

Possible symptoms include:

  • Bleeding

  • Abdominal cramps

Such symptoms may, or may well not, be signs of a problem with your pregnancy. You may be referred to the EPU by your GP but we also offer a drop-in and wait system, much like the Emergency Department.

Please attend the EPU no later than 4pm to allow time to register and see the doctor or nurse. We have scan facilities in EPU but it may not be possible to scan you on the same day. 


The Princess Alexandra Hospital
Lower ground floor, Zone A, location A46


You can call the EPU/GAMBU on 01279 82 7107 or 01279 44 44 55 x 2025 between the hours of 10am-4pm. 

We are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. EPU closes at 4pm and is closed on bank holidays. 

Birthing unit

The birthing unit offers a 24 hour, warm and friendly, midwifery-led service. More than 20 per cent of all our births are in the midwife led birthing unit.

The unit is specifically designed to guide and support to you and your families throughout the course of normal labour, during birth, and immediately after babies are born.

Our service is suitable for women who are healthy and well, have had regular antenatal care and assessments throughout their pregnancy with their midwifery team and are over 37 weeks pregnant.

Facilities on the unit

The unit has three birthing rooms which provide a private and comfortable environment for you when giving birth. A maximum of two people are allowed in our birthing rooms at a time. Each birthing room has:

  • Adjustable lighting
  • Birthing aids such as birthing balls and floor mats to allow you to use a wide variety of positions during labour and birth
  • A birthing pool
  • A wide adjustable electric bed
  • En-suite toilet facilities

There is a kitchen where you and your birthing partner can make snacks and get refreshments.

Maternal and Foetal Assessment Unit (MFAU)

Our service is aimed at women over 22 weeks’ pregnant, who have developed problems during this time.

MFAU is an appointment-based service through self-refer or referral by a midwife, consultant or GP.

The most common reasons for referral are:

  • Raised blood pressure/suspected pre-eclampsia
  • Reduction in baby's movements
  • Itching - particularly on hands and feet (suspected obstetric cholestasis)
  • Rupture of membranes (waters broken)
  • Presentation scans
  • Administration of prophylactic Anti-D injection for Rhesus Negative women

Labour Ward

Labour Ward is a consultant-led maternity ward where you will be cared for if you present any risk factors during your labour.

The ward has:

  • Nine private delivery rooms
  • A maternity theatre
  • A two bedded recovery room


01279 441607 for women in labour or for urgent advice.

Alternatively call switchboard on 01279 44 44 55 x 2144 or 2456. / 01279 973339

Samson Ward

Samson ward

Samson ward is a postnatal ward. 


The Princess Alexandra Hospital
Zone A, A36

Visiting hours

3:30pm - 4:30pm & 7pm – 8pm


Breakfast: 7am
Lunch: 12pm – 1pm
Dinner: 5pm – 6pm

Contact telephone number

01279 827108

Ward manager

Matilda Varghes

Chamberlen Ward

This is an antenatal ward designed to provide pre-labour high risk care.


The Princess Alexandra Hospital
Lower ground floor, Zone A, location A39.

Visiting hours

3.30pm – 4.30pm and 7pm – 8pm


Breakfast:      7am – 8am

Lunch:           12pm - 1pm

Dinner:           5pm – 5.30pm


01279 82 7109

Ward manager

Caroline Nelson

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.