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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Maternity

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Epidurals

We have a dedicated team of experienced obstetric anaesthetists in Oxford offering care to women in labour.

We have a 24 hour low-dose epidural service. The epidurals are patient-controlled, allowing you to control the amount of pain relief you receive to be comfortable and mobile during labour.

We aim to see most women within an hour of their request for pain relief, however the Delivery Suite can be extremely busy, and anaesthetists sometimes have to prioritise emergencies affecting mothers and babies over epidurals. If an anaesthetist is not immediately available, we can offer you other forms of pain relief until they are free to come to you.

Anaesthetic procedure for emergency epidural in labour

Anaesthetic procedure for elective caesarean section (C section)