Queen's Hospital, Romford

Barking, Havering And Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Queen's Birth 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

1448

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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8

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 an area where you can be assessed
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 Birthing room(s)
    • 6 Birth pool(s)
      • 4 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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: 2

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
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 6-12 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.

You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 17 and 34.0
      • Aged between 13 and 45 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+5 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
      • Women who are unable to deliver in the midwifery-led unit are encouraged to have the same experience in the main Labour Ward.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Redbridge, Barking and Havering and Essex.
      • 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 your needs assessed and plans will be put in place for your care antenatally.
      • Hearing problems: signers available.
      • Sight problems: your birth supporter can accompany you.
      • Learning disabilities: we have specialist midwives for support.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have your needs assessed on an individual basis and a plan of care agreed.
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face interpreting and a telephone service.
      • Leaflets are available in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • HIV

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Very bad experience from Midwife unit

      The staff at Coral Ward treated us with utter disrespect. The place is run in a very unprofessional way. all that the staff are interested are to tick the boxes given to them. they dont care about...

      by Anonymous, 25 Oct 2018

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    • Given birth to my baby in queens hospital Romford

      Hi I gave birth to my baby girl in queens hospital Romford on 22 June 2018. I had such a bad experience , first of all, there’s no availability of beds ,no staff there. After the birth of baby they...

      by Anonymous, 29 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

      8.2/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.5/10

      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
    • 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
      • Restaurants close by hospital
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0170 850 3129
      • If in labour call: 01708 503742
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • A designated birthing partner attending a woman within the labour ward can park free of charge for 2 days, after which normal parking charges will apply.
      • Parking in multi-story carpark will be paid while in labour.
    • Parking
      • There is limited parking available on site and people are encouraged to travel to the hospital by public transport wherever possible. The unit operates a pay on exit scheme, from £1.20 for 1 hour to £18 for over 12 hours.
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