An audit of facilities recommended to be available in consultant obstetric units (COUs) in the United Kingdom (UK) received responses from 248 (95%) of all 260 COUs. Of the respondents, 86% were on the site of an acute general hospital, 76% had an intensive therapy unit on site, and 87% had a blood bank on site. Eighty-two per cent had a protocol for management of massive haemorrhage, and 91% had a local protocol for the management of severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. The development of Regional protocols and advisory centres for the management of hypertensive disorders is at present fragmentary. Purchasers and providers should give urgent attention to correcting remaining deficiencies, and the availability of recommended facilities and protocols should be taken into account when units are assessed for recognition for training.