Centre for Women’s Health


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The Centre for Women’s Health, based at the Royal Devon and Exeter (Wonford) Hospital, is the home of our award winning Maternity, Neonatal and Gynaecology services.

More than 400 staff work across this impressive site, which houses specialist wards, operating theatres, the RD&E's birth centre and screening unit. 

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Visitors to the Centre enter a spacious, light and welcoming atrium.

Inside, there is a women’s outpatient clinic area, our Wynard Ward/Ambulatory Unit, gynaecology assessment and day surgery recovery.

There is a counselling room on Level 1.

The in-patient area (Antenatal/Postnatal wards), the 10-bedded labour ward and maternity triage are on situated on level 2.

There is a Birth Centre, as well as a family-centred UNICEF accredited Neonatal Intensive Care unit.

Opening times

The Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients. 

Visiting times

Visiting restrictions currently apply due to Coronavirus. 

We are now able to permit one visitor per patient for up to one hour per day, between 4pm - 7pm.

Appointments to visit must be made in advance. Please telephone to make an appointment with the ward staff between 9am - 11am, on the morning of the day you wish to visit, at the latest. 

Remember, you will need to wear a face covering in the hospital, and maintain social distancing rules of 2 metres throughout any visit.

Click here for more details on the latest visitor information. This includes other ways to stay in touch with your loved ones, via our Family Liaison Service. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Getting here

The Centre for Women’s Health is located at the Royal Devon and Exeter (Wonford) Hospital at Barrack Road in Exeter, EX2 5DW.

Wonford hospital site

We are based within the main hospital building and have our own entrance a short walk from the main hospital entrance. 

Click here for a map of the RD&E Wonford site

Public transport 

The Wonford hospital site is easily accessible using public transport and other sustainable means of travel. 

We are well served by local bus routes, from across Devon. A number of services stop at the hospital, whereas others require a connection with a local bus route from Exeter City Centre.

Both the main Exeter train stations, St Davids and Exeter Central, are around three miles from the hospital and are served by buses that travel directly to our site. 

For help planning your journey and the latest timetables please visit the websites below:

Walking

We are based around one and a half miles from Exeter City centre and it takes approximately 30 minutes on foot. 

Bikes 

Bike paths run throughout Exeter and the hospital site is easily accessible by bike. Bike parking is available across the site, particularly outside the main hospital entrance.

Click here for a map of our bicycle parks

Park and Ride 

There is a Park and Ride bus service from the Sowton Park and Ride site, which is situated just off the M5 and A30 junctions to the east of the city.

The buses go directly to the RD&E Wonford site, stopping at the Peninsula Medical School (RILD), the Hospital's main entrance, and the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (PEOC).

The Park & Ride is one of the most cost-effective forms of transport, with an adult return costing £2 (£1.50 single) and a child return costing £1 (80p single).

A return ticket is only £1.50 for all English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) pass holders.

Click here for the latest Park & Ride timetables

Car parking

Car parking onsite is limited, with a number of paid car parks. We encourage visitors to use public transport and other sustainable means of travel whenever possible. 

Click here to see a map of car parking at Wonford Hospital

Under section 7 of the Health and Medicines Act 1988 Hospitals were permitted and encouraged to introduce Income Generation schemes, to fund their services.

The current charges for the RD&E on site parking at Wonford are as follows:

  • 20 Minutes free parking
  • £2.50 for up to two hours
  • £4.50 for up to four hours
  • £8.50 for all eight hours
  • £26.00 for a weekly ticket

The RD&E Trust has provided free parking for patients attending the Wonford and Heavitree sites for regular treatment, for a number of years. The main, although not exclusive, areas that we currently provide free parking for are:

  • Cancer Services
  • Haematology
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Paediatric Oncology
  • Special Care Baby Unit
  • Diabetes
  • Disabled badge holders

In addition, free parking is given to parents who are resident at the hospital as a result of their children being inpatients or who have individual requirements warranting special consideration.

Facilities

A snack bar and seating area are based in the centre's atrium. 

The main Wonford hospital facilities, including a restaurant, coffee bar and other cafes are also in easy reach. 

We regret that catering outlets at the RD&E are currently closed to the public

To protect patients and staff during the Coronavirus outbreak, we have closed all catering outlets at the RD&E, including the Oasis canteen, to patients and visitors for the time being. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

A takeaway service is available from the Savours Café.

Contact details

For general enquiries, please call our main hospital switchboard on 01392 411611, available 24 hours a day.

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