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Maternity Unit

Ward 33 RVI

Ward 33 is the postnatal ward where we care for women and their babies if the baby needs extra support.

Parents and baby

For example, we care for:

  • babies who are born a little early (between 34 and 37 weeks)  
  • babies of diabetic mothers
  • small or low birth weight babies
  • babies who we know need to be in longer for observation.

A neonatal nurse practitioner or paediatrician (baby doctor) will check that all is well with your baby and write a plan of care that will meet your baby's needs. You may need to stay on ward 33 for a few days until you are able to go home to the care of your community midwife.

The staff taking care of you are always able to explain the care of your baby and support you in caring for him/her so feel free to ask questions at any time

How to find us

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Ward 33 is on Level 4 of the Leazes Wing at the RVI.

  • Take the lift or stairs behind Main Reception to Level Four.
  • The Maternity Reception desk is the first desk you will see.
  • From here you will be directed to the ward.

How to get to the hospital

Staff you are likely to meet

Your care and support will be provided by midwives, doctors, health care assistants and nursery nurses. The medical team (doctors) also provide support for women and the babies under our care. We also have support from ward clerks and housekeeping services.  

Things you need to know

Visiting times on postnatal wards

  • 08:00 until 21:00 partners and baby's brothers and sisters
  • 14:00 to 20:00 any other visitors.
  • Currently we do not the facilities available for partners/fathers to stay on our maternity wards
  • however in exceptional circumstances we will try to make this possible
  • Security is extremely important on our Maternity Unit.
  • Doors are always locked and all visitors must press the intercom and speak to a member of staff  to access the wards.
  • Remember to bring the baby’s car seat to the ward on the day you go home.
  • Please remember that babies will not be allowed to leave the ward for any reason until discharge.
  • When you are discharged from Ward 33 you will be accompanied to the reception desk by a member of staff and asked to sign the discharge book.

More information

We are based on Level four of the Leazes Wing, at the RVI in Newcastle.

For more information about Ward 33, please contact:

  • Senior Midwives - Jan Stephenson and Shirley Mason 
  • tel: 0191 282 5633

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