Women’s Services

We provide a full range of services to women including gynaecology, reproductive medicine, ante natal, intra-partum and postnatal care for low and high risk women.

We provide both elective and emergency services and offer a full screening and ultrasound service. 

We have a regional referral service for Foetal Medicine and provide a neonatal intensive care service for the Northern Region. Our consultant-led Delivery Suite and 12-room Newcastle Birthing Centre provide a great opportunity for midwives to develop their skills and decision-making and providing care to women with a low risk pregnancy and birth. Last year we delivered 7,500 babies.

Working here

Shift patterns


Long day



Night duty

Midwives  7.30am – 8.30pm 7.30am – 3.30pm 12.00pm – 8.30pm 8.00pm – 8.00am
Nurses Neonatal unit 7.30am – 8.30pm 7.30am – 2.50pm  1.10pm – 8.30pm  8.00pm – 8.00am
Nurses Gynaecology  7.30am – 8.00pm  7.30am – 3.30pm 12.00noon – 8.00pm 7.30pm – 8.00am
Health care Assistants maternity 7.30am – 8.00pm 7.30am – 3.30pm 12.20pm - 8.00pm 8.00pm - 7.30pm
Heathcare team Neonatal unit 7.30am - 6.00pm  N/A N/A  N/A 

In the Directorate we have a flexible working pattern.

All area also offer a twilight shift from 8.00pm until 2.00am.

Staff training: packages used within Women’s Services

Name of package Staff group Supernumerary time  Assessment 
Co-ordinator package Midwives No supernumerary time given but supported by Band 7 on duty. Peer review and competency assessment
Preceptor packages Midwives Delivery suite – 2 weeks; Postnatal – 2 weeks; Ante-natal – 2 weeks each ward and MAU experience; Ante natal Clinic and Fetal Medicine – 2 weeks.  Competency assessment
Preceptor packages Nurses  Neonatal unit – Intensive care package 8 weeks and 4 weeks consolidation/ high dependency 4 weeks/ low dependency 4 weeks; Gynaecology – Minimum of 8 weeks depending on experience. Competency based assessment
  Health Care Assistants 2 weeks in each area within Maternity. Competency based assessment 
  Nursery Nurses for postnatal and SCBU 4 weeks working in SCBU and a further 4 weeks on transitional care within postnatal wards. Competency based assessment 

More information

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You can find out more about Women's Services and Maternity Services.

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