Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

St Peter's Midwife Led Unit

Contact & visitor information

A birth centre is a more homely environment, where the focus is on birth without medical intervention.

a large unit

503

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
Find out more about pain relief during labour

Having a baby here

During labour and birth

  • If you arrive in the early stages of labour
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Lamps for mood lighting, wall bars.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-24hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can't come back to the birth centre postnatally
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

You will have one or two named midwives who provide care antenatally and postnatally. Occasionally you may see an additional midwife

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Statistics

* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
Compared to the national average, women were:
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
      • Can be Group B Strep positive
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 35.0 and lower
      • 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 6 previous babies
      • An expectant mother with a BMI up to 39 who have had a baby previously
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Kent
      • You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: if you have limited mobility, support and advice is available from physiotherapy, the manual handling team and occupational therapy. Variable height beds in all ward areas. Information is available about specialised / adapting baby care equipment.
      • Hearing problems: if you have hearing problems British and American Sign Language interpreters can be booked. Information available about equipment to support caring for your baby.
      • Sight problems: if you have sight problems some materials can be provided in braille, large print or audio versions.
      • Learning disabilities: if you have learning disabilities, there is a specialist learning disability nurse. There are some easy read / picture booklets available. Makaton sign language interpreters can be booked.
      • Autism spectrum: if you are on the autistic spectrum there is no specific provision for you, although your needs will be individually assessed.
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face interpreters can be used if booked in advance. Translation of documents if requested can be undertaken in advance. Telephone interpretation is available via 'thebigword'
      • for women who don't speak English, other than the interpreter service, there are antenatal, labour and postnatal picture books.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Patient Opinion
    • Exceptional care and lovely, caring midwives

      I had my beautiful baby girl at the QEQM at the end of July this year. I had wanted a pool birth and was very lucky and very pleased to get a fantastic large, airy, bright and relaxing pool room on...

      by Anonymous, 12 Sep 2017

      Read on care opinion
    • The Midwife

      Friday 5th May I went to QEQM to have a check up because I felt some thing was wrong in my pregnancy. being a first time mum and 3 weeks early, I was very worried and scared. during my check up I...

      by Anonymous, 19 Jun 2017

      Read on care opinion
    Source: CQC

    Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015

    Scores are for the NHS Trust that this hospital is part of.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth

      9.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Call the unit to arrange
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Stage 1 accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Kitchen for partners and relatives, can bring own food. There is microwave but no fridge. Also a canteen.
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0122 786 4152
      • If in labour call: 0184 323 5100
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • New pay-on-foot parking: First hour £1
        Increments of 20p every 12 minutes (to a maximum of £8.00 per 24 hour period).
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