Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The 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

499

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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6

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
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have more birth supporters by arrangement
    • 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: 1

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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a 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 6-24 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can't 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.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and during labour, but different midwives after your baby is born.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

Your care will be provided by a small team of midwives in your antenatal period, during labour and for postnatal care. Women under the caseload model will see their same named midwife throughout their antenatal and postnatal period, and one of the team if not their named midwife for the birth.

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 No limit and 35.0
      • Aged between No lower limit and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Brent, Harrow, parts of Ealing
      • 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: you will have personalised care plan.
      • Hearing problems: you will have personalised care plan.
      • Sight problems: you will have personalised care plan.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have personalised care plan.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have personalised care plan.
    • Interpreting service
      • If you require an interpreter, please let the staff at the GP surgery and clinic know before your appointment so that arrangements can be made.
      • you will have personalised care plan.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Haemoglobinopathies. Infectious diseases.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Rude treatment by a senior staff member

      Hi I had very bad situation to face in Northwick Park hospital which is just 2miles away from my home.i went there about a month ago and a senior staff member in the department really misbehaved...

      by Halina, 09 Oct 2018

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    • Lack of staff organisation

      I have visited this hospital numerious times for myself and family as it's my local hospital never once has it's been professional or organised. Just know my wife is baby is 12 days overdue and I...

      by Anonymous, 26 Sep 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

      8.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Women and their partners can tour the unit as part of the antenatal classes. Please go to our website to book.
    • 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 machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0208 869 5252
      • If in labour call: 0208 869 2890
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners and patient's children 9am-10pm. Ward open for visitors: 3-5pm & 7-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 1 hour £2.70. 2 hours £5.10. 3 hours £5.50. 5 hours £6.50. 8 hours £9.80. Over 8 hours £12.50. Five day £23.50. Seven day £29.00.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: for 19 hours due to a lack of cots available on the Neonatal Unit. Four women were transferred to local units.
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