Epsom Hospital

Epsom And St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a small unit

187

births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015

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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
  • 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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 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
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £150-£250 a night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6 hours 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

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 be seen by midwives from the same team antenatally and postnatally unless you live outside the catchment area. In that case you will be seen in the antenatal clinic.

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?

    • This birth centre/midwife-led unit is the default option for low risk women at this hospital
    • 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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 35.0 and lower
      • 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Epsom & Ewell, Banstead, Chipstead, Woodmansterne, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Dorking
      • 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: You will have a single room with its own amenities
      • Hearing problems: Interpreters available
      • Sight problems: You will have a single room with its own amenities
      • Learning disabilities: You will have a single room with its own amenities so a carer can stay with you
      • Autism spectrum: You will have a single room with its own amenities so a carer can stay with you
    • Interpreting service
      • If your first language is not English and you need an interpreter to help you speak to doctors and midwives, ask a relative or friend to tell your midwife as soon as possible. Please note that your GP may already have told us that you need an interpreter. The nurse in charge of your ward will do their best to make arrangements to provide an interpreter service. LanguageLine available.
      • Leaflets in other languages
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Patient Opinion
    • Amazing maternity care

      Transferred into hospital from a homebirth as baby was back to back and not cooperating. The community midwife team we saw throughout pregnancy, most of the birth and postnatal were wonderful! Will...

      by Anonymous, 14 Oct 2017

      Read on care opinion
    • Voicemail only at the early scanning unit

      So far my experience at the Maternity unit has not been very good. I have been trying for over a week to get through to someone in the Early Scanning Maternity Unit to make an appointment. There is...

      by Anonymous, 11 Sep 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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Obstetric care
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Full 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
      • Vending machines
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01372 735367
      • If in labour call: 01372 7355996
    • 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 maximum 20 minutes stay
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