King's College Hospital, London

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Nightingale Birth Centre (labour ward)

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

4600

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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9

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • The supporting sling is only available in the midwifery led suite.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Qualified alternative practitioners by prior agreement
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
  • Other: Deep bath. The supporting sling is only available in the midwifery led suite.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £200 per night.
  • 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 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
  • 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 4.

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 have a named midwife. You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

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?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham: SW2, SW4, SW8, SW9, SW16, SE1, SE4, SE5, SE11, SE14, SE15, SE16, SE17, SE19, SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SE25, SE26, SE27 and CR7.
      • 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: extra deep and wide bath, unit on one level and walk-in shower.
      • Hearing problems: a Sign Language Interpreter can be arranged.
      • Sight problems: support and continuity from consultant midwives and safeguarding team
      • Learning disabilities: support and continuity from consultant midwives and safeguarding team
      • Autism spectrum: support and continuity from consultant midwives and safeguarding team
    • Interpreting service
      • Your midwife will arrange interpreters as necessary. There is also 24 hour access to LanguageLine.
      • some key patient leaflets are provided in several languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Team for High risk pregnancies

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • I felt unsupported and coerced into treatments...

      I had my baby at Kings last year. I had a straight forward pregnancy with no health complications with either myself or my baby. Now that I am expecting my second baby I have realised quite how...

      by Anonymous, 18 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Homebirth - I couldn't have felt more taken care of

      The service was, I believe unparalelled. I am now pregnant again, but moving to West London, and honestly am thinking about not moving just so that I can have the home birth team again. I had one...

      by Sofarsogood, 08 Nov 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

      8.8/10

      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
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • http://www.privateobstetricsatkings.com
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • 24hr shop
      • 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
      GP Referral
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 3299 8131
      • If in labour call: 020 3299 3222
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • No. But partner can stay 24 hours
      • Partners: Open visiting. Other visitors: 2-8pm. Maximum of 2 visitors at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There are a small number of short-term parking spaces where you can drop off outside the Golden Jubilee Wing.
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • 7am-10pm: £2.50 per hour for first 2 hours then £2 per hour thereafter 10pm-7am £2 for whole period.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 10
      • Reason for closure: Closed mostly for a few hours due a large number of women giving birth and those at high risk in the labour ward.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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