Epsom Hospital

Epsom And St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a very small unit

1900

births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015

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Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

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
    • If you have a straightforward pregnancy, you would also be assessed in the Birth Centre.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Women to discuss with their Midwife if they would like more than 2 birth supporters.
    • 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £250 per night.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you 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 6-24 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 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 receive antenatal and postnatal care from a small team of midwives in the community or from the hospital.

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: Epsom & Ewell, Banstead, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Cobham, Lower Kingswood.
      • 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: Lift, access to DICE (Disability Information Centre Epsom) equipment.
      • Hearing problems: Via DICE (Disability Information Centre Epsom). You will have a single room so a carer can stay with you.
      • Sight problems: Via DICE (Disability Information Centre Epsom). You will have a single room so a carer can stay with you.
      • Learning disabilities: If you require a carer, a single room would be made available.
      • Autism spectrum: If you require a carer, a single room would be made available.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheLanguageLine' service is available.
      • Leaflets in other 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
    • Epsom maternity

      I have birth to my son 5 weeks prematurely at Epsom last year. The second I entered the hospital I felt calm and relaxed, the doctors and midwives were incredible and gave me the most amazing care....

      by Anonymous, 22 Nov 2017

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Amazing maternity care

      Transferred into hospital from a homebirth as baby was back to back and not cooperating. The community midwife team we saw throughout pregnancy, most of the birth and postnatal were wonderful! Will...

      by Anonymous, 14 Oct 2017

      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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Via antenatal clinic
    • Breech baby
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    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Only private consultant care is available.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Full accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • 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: 01372 735208 ext 5367
      • If in labour call: 01372 735208
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting policies for private rooms are the same as for the postnatal ward.
      • Partner and siblings of new baby: 9am-9pm
        Please note: in order to reduce the risk of infection, non-sibling children under 14 cannot be admitted. To respect the privacy of all our inpatients, you are also asked to keep visitors to a maximum of two at any time.
        General visiting (over 14s only): 3-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • £12 per day
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