Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Oasis Birthing Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit

995

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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6

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: 1-to-1 care in labour, birth partner support, massage
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 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 delivery suite/birthing room
    • You and your birth partner will be supported in your birth choices and equipped with coping strategies to go home if you wish in early labour. Labour line service is a 24/7 telephone support and advice service.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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: Hydrotherapy, birth stools, massage

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 reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • There are no catering or showering facilities for partners who stay.
  • 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 4 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.

The aim is for women to see the same team of midwives antenatally and postnatally. Women will be cared for by a dedicated team of midwives during their labour and immediately following 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?

    • 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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 42 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • Gestational diabetes if assessed suitable at term
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Local surrounding area, including Bromley & Bexley boroughs
      • 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 be invited to meet with lead midwives at the birth centre at 36-38 weeks of pregnancy to discuss your individual needs and how they can be met.
      • Hearing problems: you and your family will be invited to meet with lead midwives at the birth centre at 36-38 weeks of pregnancy to discuss your individual needs and how they can be met.
      • Sight problems: you and your family will be invited to meet with lead midwives at the birth centre at 36-38 weeks of pregnancy to discuss your individual needs and how they can be met.
      • Learning disabilities: you and your family will be invited to meet with lead midwives at the birth centre at 36-38 weeks of pregnancy to discuss your individual needs and how they can be met.
      • Autism spectrum: you and your family will be invited to meet with lead midwives at the birth centre at 36-38 weeks of pregnancy to discuss your individual needs and how they can be met.
    • Interpreting service
      • Local interpreting service and 'LanguageLine' telephone service
      • we can provide language line
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Community Midwifery Homebirth Care

      The community midwifery team in Bromley are excellent! And supported me to have a trouble free homebirth for my first son in June. I was lucky that I saw the same midwife for every appointment...

      by Anonymous, 29 Jul 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Community Midwifery Homebirth Care

      The community midwifery team in Bromley are EXCELLENT! And supported me to have a trouble free homebirth for my first son in June. I was lucky that I saw the same midwife for every appointment...

      by Anonymous, 21 Jul 2018

      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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • The Oasis tour and talk takes place after you have reached your 36th week. A one-off session, held on the Birth Centre from 7pm on Thursdays. Only one accompanying person.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machines in A&E and in restaurant
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You can self refer directly to the hospital midwifery team
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01689 863800
      • If in labour call: 01689 864189
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • If you choose to stay, you will be encouraged to keep active in the surrounding local area.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • There is an open visiting policy, but you are asked to be respectful of other families in the bay
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Due to limited spaces, if you intend to drive to any of our sites to see us, allow plenty of time for parking
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • £1.50 for 2 hours up to £8 for 24 hours
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: once for 6 hours due to high activity
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Greenwich Birth Centre
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