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Penrice Birthing Centre
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In response to the constantly evolving Coronavirus situation we are now taking the following measures to keep services running and our patients and staff safe. We are sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience:

  • Please DO NOT attend your routine appointment or scan if you or someone you have had contact with have symptoms, a high temperature and a continuous cough, go home and isolate for 14 days, access advice at and contact your midwife via the urgent midwife number, we will be able to arrange to see you at later date.
  • Please DO attend your routine appointments unless told otherwise. These appointments are important to ensure the health of you and your baby 
  • Attend your midwife appointments and scans alone, if you need somebody to accompany you for transport we politely request they wait in the car 
  • On arrival at Penrice for your appointment please notify us on 01726 873079, we will come outside to get you to avoid you waiting with other people
  • Please sanitise your hands on entry to and exit from the building 
  • Antenatal classes are cancelled with immediate effect, we are creating online classes. Please book onto a later date
  • Home visits will be limited and you may be asked to attend the controlled environment of the birth centre for your appointment
  • As some GP surgeries are cancelling clinics you may be asked to attend an alternative venue or rearrange your appointment, thank you for your patience and understanding during this time
  • Staff will be wearing gloves, aprons and masks at all appointments to protect everyone
  • You will be asked to choose one birth partner at any venue for your birth including home, birth centres and delivery suite. The antenatal and postnatal ward allow no visiting, even to your partner during this time
  • Continue to use the 'Maternity Advice Line' (previously known as the urgent number) 01872 258000 which is manned 24/7 if you have any concerns/questions, we realise this is a worrying time and we are here for you. We have plans in place to provide urgent care

Who to contact

01726 873083
Booking phone number: 01726 873083
Emergency contact: 01872 258000

To book call: 01726 873079

If in labour call: 01726 873079 or emergency contact 01872 258000

Where to go

Penrice Birth Centre
St Austell Community Hospital
Porthpean Road
St. Austell
PL26 6AA
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • There is a large enclosed garden.

  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • Open visiting

  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit

  • Parking
    • Free parking

Time / date details

When is it on?
Open 24 Hours a Day from 8th April 2019

Other details


Referral details

2 Birthing rooms available

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Pethidine
  • Birth pool

Birth facilities

  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV

  • Amenity rooms are not available.

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag Disabled toilet icon Wheelchair icon
How we make our service inclusive


  • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
  • Limited mobility: you will have your needs assessed and your care planned on an individual basis.
  • Hearing problems: signing interpretation services and information cards.
  • Sight problems: individual care planning and liaison with local and national services

Specialist midwifery teams

  • Antenatal Screening
  • Bereavement
  • Diabetes
  • Infant feeding
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Substance misuse
Staff SEND experience

  • Learning disabilities: you will be supported by the special parenting team.
  • Autism spectrum: you will be supported by the special parenting team.
  • We use 'TheBigWord' interpreting service. Contact the Patient Advice And Liaison Service (PALS) on 0187 225 2793 or
  • we use 'TheBigWord' interpreting service.
Support at key transition points

Specialist midwifery teams

  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Vulnerable women
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