Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King`s Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Waterlily 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

500

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
  • Other: Bluetooth speakers in-built in the pools and Entonox (gas and air)
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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £75
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

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

We are working on continuity models to improve this.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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.
    • Straightforward pregnancy
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • Aged between 18 and 39 years old
    • Between 37+6 and 41+5 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 3 previous babies
    • PMA plans for individual women.
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: We border Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
    • 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 rooms available.
    • Hearing problems: loop system.
    • Learning disabilities: team support for those with learning difficulties.
    • Autism spectrum: team support for those with learning difficulties.
  • Interpreting service
    • Patientline and face to face interpreters.
    • leaflets in different languages.

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • fantastic staff

    had a long labour ending in emergency c section, but midwives and doctors made it as low stress as possible! felt very involved in all decisions and well informed of what was happening, and my...

    by Anonymous, 09 Mar 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Great maternity service but poor breastfeeding...

    I had a good experience of QE maternity services with the exception of breastfeeding support. In pregnancy my baby was quiet with no set movement pattern so I went in for monitoring a few times. I...

    by Anonymous, 08 Jan 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

    8.7/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff

    8.6/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    8.0/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • Tours
    • Arrange a tour via your community midwife or by phoning the birth centre.
  • 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
    • There is a kitchen area where women, birth partners and family members can make refreshments.
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  • Contact information
    • Main hospital number: 01553 613613
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01553 214903
    • If in labour call: 01553 214635
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • They can stay.
    • Open visiting on the birth unit.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Pay and display parking is available at the hospital
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