Lister Hospital, Stevenage

East And North Hertfordshire NHS 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
  • 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
    • When you're in established labour you'll be admitted to the labour ward.
    • 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 antenatal ward
    • If it is not suitable for you to go home in early labour, you may be transferred to the antenatal ward where your birth partner is welcome to stay with you. You will be encouraged to remain active around the unit and hospital.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 11 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Electronic candles.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £195 with ensuite facilities, or otherwise £95 per night.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining 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 4-6 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.

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

Antenatal care is provided in line with NICE guidance. This is undertaken at the GP surgery by a Community Midwife working as part of a small team.

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
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
      • 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: Maternity information leaflets available in special formats if requested through PALS.
      • Hearing problems: Any special needs the woman has are discussed and an individualised plan of care made.
      • Sight problems: Individualised plan of care is made in partnership with the woman and her family to meet her needs.
      • Learning disabilities: Individualised plan of care is made in partnership with the woman and her family to meet her needs.
      • Autism spectrum: Individualised plan of care is made in partnership with the woman and her family to meet her needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact PALS on 01438 284678
      • Maternity information leaflets available in other languages if requested through PALS.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women
      • Multiple birth.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Poor practice from maternity staff

      Unfortunately I won’t be recommending this hospital and certainly won’t be recommending any of the midwifes either, what terrible and unprofessional service they provide! I hope I never have to...

      by Anonymous, 13 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Thank You Midwives for Looking After Us!

      On 4th April 2019 from 9pm until 5th April 2019 until 6.45pm, I was cared for by a fantastic team of Midwives at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. They guided me and my partner...

      by Anonymous, 07 May 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


      About the same 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
    • 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.
      • Vending machine
    • 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
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01438 284124
      • If in labour call: 01438 284124
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Communal garden and sitting area.
    • Visiting information
      • Visitor policies are the same for women staying in a private room.
      • Partners and siblings only 8am-1pm and 5.30-7pm. All other visitors 3-5.30pm and 7-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off has maximum 15 minutes stay.
      • Drop off outside entrance only.
    • Parking
      • 15 minutes Drop off and pick up free of charge. 0-1 hours: £2.70. 1-2 hours: £3.90. 2-3 hours: £5.40. 3-4 hours: £5.90. 4-5 hours: £6.50. 5-6 hours: £7.30. 6-24 hours: £8.10.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: for a few hours each time due to increased activity and lack of staff
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Birthing Unit
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