Labour ward

The Delivery Suite

at Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone

Part of Barts Health NHS Trust

Also at this hospital: The Lilac Birth Centre

  • Medium-sized labour ward
  • 4700 births in 2014/15

About this unit

Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Consultants are on the ward 72 hours per week (42%)

Closed 1 times in the last 12 months for less than 12 hours on 1 instance due to a high amount of activity and large number of women giving birth.

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

The birth centre/midwife-led unit alongside this labour ward is the default option for low risk women

How will I be looked after?

You'll see up to 2 different midwives for antenatal appointments and up to 2 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.

You will have a named midwife.
You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

Births per midwife per year

No details available.

Who can give birth here?

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

Contact information

Phone:
020 3416 5000
Website:
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Address:
Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 1NR
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Public transport information

How to book once you're pregnant

Booking phone number:
020 8539 5522 ext 5052

Via your GP

If in labour call:
0208 539 5522 ask for triage maternity unit

Facilities

  • 10 labour rooms, of which 2 are home-from-home rooms
  • 1 birth pool(s)
    • 0 Plumbed-in birth pools
    • 1 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 machine
  • 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
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Communal area or living room There's an early labour lounge next to the assessment area
  • 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.

The limit depends on the individual circumstances. <br> You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time.

Tours of the maternity unit

Tours of the maternity suite are every Tuesday at 6pm. To find out more, contact 020 8539 5522 ext 5044

Amenity (private) rooms

Amenity rooms are available.

£120

Non-NHS Care

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

Birth equipment

  1. Aromatherapy serviceunknown
  2. Bean bagsavailable
  3. Birth ballsavailable
  4. Birth matsavailable
  5. Birthing couchavailable
  6. CD playeravailable
  7. Cushionsavailable
  1. Dimmable lightingavailable
  2. iPod dockavailable
  3. Reclining chairunknown
  4. Rocking chairunknown
  5. Supporting rope or slingunknown
  6. TENS machineavailable

Coping with pain

  1. Birthing poolavailable
  2. Diamorphineavailable
  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
    in the postnatal ward, on a chair
    in a room with you, in a double bed

Information for visitors

8am till 8pm for partners and 2pm till 8pm for all other visitors

Directions, car parking and public transport

Parking costs
£2.50 per 24 hours (with a permit from the maternity unit)

Public transport information

Breastfeeding rate

No details available.

Baby-friendly status

Stage 1 accreditation

Find out more about Baby Friendly

Home births from this unit (Values based on small numbers have been adjusted for reasons of confidentiality)

How many women had a home birth?
1%
How many women planning a home birth ended up having a caesarean birth?
0%
How many women planning a home birth ended up having an instrumental birth (forceps or ventouse)?
0%
How many women planning a home birth gave birth using their own efforts?
100%

Reliability of home birth service

This service has been suspended in the last 12 months:
Due to staff shortages

How often are women who are booked for a home birth required to come into hospital due to a lack of available staff:
Once in the last year

Who can arrange a home birth with this unit?

Women who live within the catchment area:

Parts of E11, E8 and E4.

How to arrange a home birth with this unit

Discuss with your 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

Disabled access

Interpreting service

Use this link for comprehensive information about the Barts interpreting service: http://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/your-visit/advice-and-support/interpreting-service/

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

You will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.

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 difficulties

Ruby team

Autism spectrum

You will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.

Specialist midwifery teams

  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%
4%
35%

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

This hospital

44%
56%

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

45%
55%

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

36%
64%

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.

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

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