Labour ward

The Maternity Suite

at Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel

Part of Barts Health NHS Trust

Also at this hospital: Lotus Birth Centre

  • Medium-sized labour ward
  • 4550 births in 2014/15

About this unit

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Consultants are on the ward 71 hours per week (42%)

Closed 8 times in the last 12 months for about 12 hours each time, usually due to being very busy.

If you have a breech baby you'll be encouraged to have a caesarean

How will I be looked after?

You'll see up to 4 different midwives for antenatal appointments and up to 4 different midwives for postnatal appointments.
You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

Your first appointment will be in the one-stop clinic, where you will have your booking with a midwife, your scan and blood tests taken all in the same visit. There are 3 teams of midwives for women living in Tower Hamlets, who will continue to see you in GP surgeries and Children's Centres for the rest of your pregnancy. The teams are organised to ensure that you have a named midwife who will see you for most antenatal appointments throughout your pregnancy. The named midwife has a buddy who will cover the appointments when the named midwife is not available. You will see a maximum of 3 different midwives. If you live outside of Tower Hamlets you will be seen by midwives in the 'City Team' at the Royal London Hospital for your antenatal care.

Births per midwife per year

No details available.

Who can give birth here?

Women who live within the catchment area:
Tower Hamlets

    You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

Contact information

Phone:
020 3416 5000 or main hospital number 020 7377 7000
Website:
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Address:
Mile End Road, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BB
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Public transport information

How to book once you're pregnant

Booking phone number:
020 3594 2572 or 020 3594 2573

Via your GP

If in labour call:
020 3594 2364 or 020 3594 2365

Facilities

  • 21 labour rooms, of which 5 are home-from-home rooms
  • 10 birth pool(s)
    • 1 Plumbed-in birth pools
    • 9 Inflatable birth pools
  • You can't bring in your own birth pool
  • Car parking for women in labour Drop off outside entrance
  • Out-of-hours access to food Vending machines
  • Facilities available if you arrive in early 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
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
  • Communal area or living room There is an early labour suite which you can if you are in early labour but do not want to go home. This room may be occupied by up to 2 women at a time, divided by screens.
  • Outside space available to women in labour An outside space is not available at this unit

When can I go into the labour ward?

Once you're in established labour

It's based on an individual assessment by a midwife

Before established labour if you need monitoring or care from a doctor

Support during birth

You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 2

You can have a doula as a birth partner
A doula counts towards the limited number of birth partners.

You can have an alternative practitioner (e.g. your own aromatherapist) as a birth partner.
An alternative practitioner (e.g. your own aromatherapist) counts towards the limited number of birth partners.

Tours of the maternity unit

Tours of the maternity suite are every Thursday at 5.30pm. There is no need to book. A midwife will meet you at the East Mount Street entrance and ask you to sign the register before taking you on the tour. Bengali speaking tours are also available.

Amenity (private) rooms

Amenity rooms are available.

£90 a night

Non-NHS Care

There may be the option to book private or independent midwifery care locally. Other care that can be arranged here:

Consultant-led private obstetric care is available

Birth equipment

  1. Aromatherapy serviceunknown
  2. Bean bagsavailable
  3. Birth ballsavailable
  4. Birth matsavailable
  5. Birthing couchavailable
  6. CD playerunknown
  7. Cushionsunknown
  1. Dimmable lightingunknown
  2. iPod dockunknown
  3. Reclining chairavailable
  4. Rocking chairunknown
  5. Supporting rope or slingunknown
  6. TENS machineunknown

Coping with pain

  1. Birthing poolavailable
  2. Diamorphineunknown
  3. Entonox (gas and air)available
  4. Meptidunknown
  1. Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)unknown
  2. Pethidineavailable
  3. Remifentanilunknown

Epidurals are available 24/7.

This unit has a dedicated obstetric anaesthetist.

Your stay after you've given birth

  • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6-12 hours after the birth
  • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
  • Provision for partners staying overnight:

    Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight

Information for visitors

Partners 8am-10pmOther visiting 2pm-8pmOnly mother's own children permitted to visit

Information for visitors to private rooms

Partners can stay overnight

Directions, car parking and public transport

Parking costs
No hospital parking available

Public transport information

Breastfeeding rate

No details available.

Baby-friendly status

Full accreditation

Find out more about Baby Friendly

Home births from this unit

How many women had a home birth?
1%

Reliability of home birth service

This service hasn't been suspended in the last 12 months

How often are women who are booked for a home birth required to come into hospital due to a lack of available staff:
Not at all in the last 5 years

Who can arrange a home birth with this unit?

Women who live within the catchment area:

E1 (some), E2 (some), E3, E14

How to arrange a home birth with this unit

Discuss and plan with your community midwife

Coping with pain

You can have pethidine or other opioids at home if you arrange a home birth with this hospital

Note: epidurals are not available for home births

Assistance for women with limited mobility

  1. Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite

Accessible services (including bathrooms), lifts, wide doors, hoists

Interpreting service

Large advocacy team available for women who speak Bengali (Pre-arranged and on the ward)Interpreting services available for other languages for pre-arranged appointments.LanguageLine used if no face to face interpreter available'Maternity mates' team also provide support for women in their own language

Other assistance for women who don't speak or read English

Support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team)

Hearing problems

Individual assessment with support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team)

Sight problems

Individual assessment with support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team)

Learning difficulties

Support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team)

Autism spectrum

Support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team)

Specialist midwifery teams

The Maternity Mates project provides voluntary non-clinical support to women who do not have a suitable support network or have specific needs or health issues. This is in addition to the services offered by the unit:

  1. Antenatal Screening
  2. Bereavement
  3. Diabetes
  4. Infant feeding
  1. Perinatal mental health
  2. Substance misuse
  3. Teenage pregnancy
  4. Vulnerable women/safeguarding

How do women give birth here? Cobrand data supplier

Statistics are based on data from all women having hospital births in England

This hospital

20%
13%
67%

England

17.2%
14.7%
68.1%
  • Unplanned caesarean
  • Birth by forceps or ventouse
  • Baby born without help

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • more likely to have unplanned caesarean
  • less likely to have birth by forceps or ventouse
  • as likely to have baby born without help

This hospital

10%
90%

England

11.1%
88.9%
  • Planned caesarean
  • Spent time in labour

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have planned caesarean
  • more likely to have spent time in labour

This hospital

25%
75%

England

31.4%
68.6%
  • Labour induced
  • Labour started on its own

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have labour induced
  • more likely to have labour started on its own

This hospital

61%
3%
36%

England

63.6%
3.2%
33.2%
  • Labour and birth with medical interventions
  • Natural birth but with epidural
  • Natural labour and birth without epidural

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have labour and birth with medical interventions
  • as likely to have natural birth but with epidural
  • more likely to have natural labour and birth without epidural

This hospital

37%
63%

England

49.1%
50.9%
  • Planned repeat caesarean
  • Spent time in labour

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have planned repeat caesarean
  • more likely to have spent time in labour

This hospital

43%
57%

England

44%
56%
  • Unplanned caesarean
  • Successful VBAC

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • as likely to have unplanned caesarean
  • as likely to have successful vbac

This hospital

30%
70%

England

39.1%
60.9%
  • No stitches
  • Cut or tear that was stitched

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have no stitches
  • more likely to have cut or tear that was stitched

Women's experiences

Please note that the scores and reviews aren't necessarily about this specific unit, but can apply to the hospital or Trust it is part of.

Women's reviews (from Patient Opinion) Source

Maternity ward experience

I had my baby on Tuesday 18th at the royal London hospital. My midwife who delivered my baby was very nice and helpful. But after they finished...

by Fairus, 8 days ago
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Disgusted by the reception people

I'm pregnant and have been trying to get an appointment with the hospital. My GP has faxed the referral letter twice and proved to me that they...

by Anonymous, 2 months ago
Read on Patient Opinion

Unhappy about my experience here

I was in pre natal care and gave birth in this hospital in may '16. The pre natal care was so dissapointing, that I had no expectations about the...

by Anonymous, 2 months ago
Read on Patient Opinion

Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015 Source

Scores are for Trusts as a whole.

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