Croydon University Hospital

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 10 Apr 2018

Lucina Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

468

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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3

Birthing 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
    • 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
    • Early labour relaxation room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If you wish your birthing partners can stay with you in your room after the baby is born until you go home.
    • 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
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Hypnobirthing techniques are supported by the midwives providing care during a woman's labour

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • All women using the birth centre facilities have the use of their own birthing room and postnatal room for their individual use free of charge.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 4-6 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.

Antenatal care is provided by the midwife and G.P. within the community, in close proximity to your home. Women planning a home birth are cared for by a named midwife during their pregnancy, labour, and postnatal period. If needed, care from the medical obstetric team is available at Croydon University Hospital and Purley Hospital.

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
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: All women living within the borough of Croydon and the surrounding areas
      • 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: Large birthing rooms to allow assistance and use of mobility aids.
      • Hearing problems: Visual communication aids available.
      • Sight problems: Single rooms where birthing partners are able to stay with the woman to assist with care needs and provide 24 hour support in addition to the maternity staff.
      • Learning disabilities: Support from the Trust learning disabilities team and use of the clients learning disability passport
      • Autism spectrum: Support from the Trust learning disabilities team and use of the clients learning disability passport
    • Interpreting service
      • For Croydon residents with language needs, the NHS provides comprehensive and professional interpreting services in more than 50 languages - either over the telephone or in person, and including British Sign Language.
      • Use of pictorial communication aids. Specialist antenatal education classes for women with limited or no understanding of the English language.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC)

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • lack of aftercare post childbirth

      I have worked for the NHS for 45yrs and myself had 8 children. I was deeply concerned that when my granddaughter gave birth over a week ago she was discharged the next day having had a difficult...

      by Tilney1949, 18 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Crocus homebirth team Croydon - absolute heroes!

      We hadn't even considered a homebirth until. We met Kat, one of the crocus midwives at the Croydon university antenatal evening. She made us reconsider and look. Into homebirth in even though it...

      by Thegerman, 31 Jul 2018

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    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

      8.2/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.1/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.2/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Telephone the Birth Centre directly to book a tour or attend the Maternity Open Evening on the first Wednesday of the month, no prior booking required
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding 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 machines, refreshments from the kitchen, coffee shop, restaurant, convenience store within the hospital
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 8401 3169
      • If in labour call: 020 8401 3169
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Some rooms have direct access to an outside area of garden alongside the Birth Centre.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting for partners - visitors 3-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Special permits are also available for birth partners of women in labour for a 24 hour period
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • All other parking is charged at the following rates, up to 1 hour= £2:00. 1-4 hours= £4:50. 4-6hours=£ 6:50. 6-8hours= £8:50. 8-24hours=£15:00. Please bring small change with you. Credit/debit cards can also be used for parking fees.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 10
      • Reason for closure: due to staffing levels
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