Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn

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

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Central Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a small unit

2200

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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12

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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We have only just had one year of electronic records and the midwifery led pathway and home birth rate is good.

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
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 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 available.
    • £75
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can't stay overnight
  • 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.

Midwifery led pathway for low risk-looked after by one or two midwives for antenatal care, some continuity on birth unit and postnatal clinic.

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: West Norfolk, N. Cambridgeshire and S. Lincolnshire
      • 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: Individual assessment of needs made in antenatal period
      • Hearing problems: Loop facility available
      • Sight problems: Individual assessment of needs made in antenatal period
      • Learning disabilities: Individual assessment of needs made in antenatal period
      • Autism spectrum: Individual assessment of needs made in antenatal period
    • Interpreting service
      • LanguageLine and Intran
      • Some leaflets in alternative languages
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    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

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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

      8.7/10

      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
      • With their community midwife
    • 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
      • Snacks available on the delivery suite
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 44.0 hours per week (26.2%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01553 613710
      • If in labour call: 01553 613710
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There are gardens around the hospital but no specific maternity department space
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for the postnatal ward
      • 8.30am-8pm on the in-patient ward
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Reduced for long stays
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: Acuity for a few hours only each time.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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