Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel

Barts Health NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Lotus Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit

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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 2 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances

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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Women can provide their own hypnobirthing and aromatherapy support.

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
    • Women who receive postnatal care in the birthing rooms (when the activity allows) have a double bed available where they can sleep with their partners.
  • 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 6-24 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can 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.

Women are provided 1:1 care in labour. Midwives from community integrated teams provide intrapartum care in Lotus Birth Centre to improve continuity of care for women.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* 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
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
      • GDM diet controlled with no complications, outpatient IOL not requiring further intervention.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Tower Hamlets
      • 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 toilets, wide doors and use of hoists.
      • Hearing problems: services provided to meet individual needs.
      • Sight problems: individual assessment and plan to provide services to meet your needs.
      • Learning disabilities: Support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team).
      • Autism spectrum: Support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team).
    • Interpreting service
      • Health advocates available for Bengali speaking women. Interpreters for other languages can be booked on scheduled appointments. Use of TheLanguageLine when necessary.
      • Supported by Maternity Mates.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Dedicated home birth team; Parent Education Team; Maternity Mates.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Services need improving

      I was admitted onto ward 6E with pregnancy complications. The staff on this ward were absolutely fantasti. They seemed to really enjoy their job and this reflected in their everyday practice. I had...

      by Anonymous, 15 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Waiting to be seen

      I started to fell a several pain in my stomach, on the right side around 10pm one night. The next day, around 2pm I went to my GP and saw a doctor there. She did urine test, some exams and sent me...

      by Pain during Pregnancy, 21 Jun 2019

      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


      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      Worse compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • RLH maternity tours (includes Lotus Birth Centre) take place on Thursdays at 5.30pm. Meeting point: Whitechapel entrance.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Self referral form - available on the Trust website
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0203 594 2572 ext. 2573
      • If in labour call: 0203 594 2563 ext. 2367
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting 2-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: due to a large number of women giving birth (low risk walk-ins were always cared for).
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Midwife Led Unit
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