Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone

Barts Health NHS Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a medium unit

4700

births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015

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13

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

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
    • When you're in established labour you'll be admitted to the labour ward
    • 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
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • 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
    • 13 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 0 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 0

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
    • £120
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • 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 6-12 hours after the birth
  • 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 a named midwife. You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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:
    What is your situation?

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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Waltham Forest and part of Redbridge.
      • 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: Disabled access
      • Hearing problems: you will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
      • Sight problems: you will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • Visit our site for comprehensive information about the Barts interpreting service: http://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/your-visit/advice-and-support/interpreting-service/
      • you will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
    • 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
    • Horrific 1st and 2nd scan experience

      My first scan I was told my baby's nuchal measurement was too thick. Worse still we were told she had no skull (acrania) or a collar bone. Type in acrania and you can see why I was so heart broken....

      by Anonymous, 29 Sep 2017

      Read on care opinion
    • Amaissing job

      On 21/Sep/2017 the midwife did a great job we are very please thank you for being so focus doing whatever you did never leave the room a quick lunch and come back you did overtime I think for free...

      by Anonymous, 22 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

      8.1/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      7.6/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      6.9/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tours of the maternity unit are run weekly. To find out more and book your space please contact the Parent Education Team on 02085356751
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Stage 1 accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Local neonatal unit (LNU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area, except for those who are critically ill and need intensive care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 84.0 hours per week (50%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 8539 5522 ext. 5052
      • If in labour call: 0208 539 5522
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: 8am-10pm
        Other visitors: 2-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £2.50 per 24 hours if the woman is in labour or being induced (with a permit from the maternity unit).
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