Barnet Hospital

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Consultant Led Unit

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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
    • When you're in established labour you'll be admitted to the labour ward
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • All women in labour are assessed by the Triage midwife and an individualised care pathway is made
  • Birthing rooms
    • 13 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 2 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birth stools

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Range from £100 - £150 per night depending on facilities
  • 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 4-24 hours after the birth
  • 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.

Although not guaranteed, continuity of care is provided wherever possible. You will receive antenatal, labour and postnatal care from on-call community midwives if you choose home birth or birth in the birth centre.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* 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?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Hertfordshire
      • 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 an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Hearing problems: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Sight problems: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Learning disabilities: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Autism spectrum: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
    • Interpreting service
      • An interpreter can attend your outpatient appointment with you or while you are staying at the hospital. If you need to access the interpreting service contact the Appointments office on the telephone number given in your appointment letter, the relevant department or ward or ask one of the nurses on the ward to arrange this for you.
      • You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Complex Social Care Team(any women with complex care needs are referred to and supported throughout their pregnancy and perinatal care pathway by the Specialist midwives and support workers in this team)

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Excellent experience

      Very competent and caring midwives and team. Extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Lovely facilities.

      by Anonymous, 13 Sep 2019

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    • Good staff and friendly,

      very good accommodation, friendly, very clean, good food, I have no words to thank you, I recommend with the greatest pleasureDa

      by Anonymous, 12 Aug 2019

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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


      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Contact the parenthood Education Team on 020 8216 5414
    • Breech baby
      • If your baby is breech you'll be encouraged to have a caesarean.
    • 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
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 98.0 hours per week (58.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 020 8375 1254
      • If in labour call: 020 8216 4408
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for postnatal ward
      • 8am- 8pm partners only 3-8pm other visitors
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Pick-up and drop-off points on the hospital site.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £4 per day
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