Homerton University Hospital

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation 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 large unit


births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017



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
    • You will be encouraged to go home in early labour. If you require support you can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 14 labour rooms
    • 11 Birth pool(s)
      • 6 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 5 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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.
    • The price of the room is £100 (no en suite) - £150 (en suite) per day/night. No booking required.
  • 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
    • If you are going home within 6 hours, depending on how busy the unit is, you can stay on the delivery suite with your partner.
  • 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

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 different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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: City of London, Hackney and lower segment of Waltham Forest.
      • 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: There is an accessible room with an accessible bathroom.
      • Hearing problems: Signing services are available.
      • Sight problems: Information leaflets can be adapted.
      • Learning disabilities: Information leaflets can be adapted.
      • Autism spectrum: Information leaflets can be adapted.
    • Interpreting service
      • Bilingual maternity services workers, advocacy service, telephone and face to face interpreting services.
      • Information leaflets can be adapted.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • HIV Hepatitis B, Haemoglobinopathies, Smoking cessation.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Had my first baby at this hospital

      I had my first baby at this hospital back in July. I attended all the antenatal classes here, which were great. Everything from the scans, blood tests etc were fantastic. I was absolutely petrified...

      by Anonymous, 11 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Excellent care

      I was seen at the Women's Health Centre over a period of two weeks to confirm a missed miscarriage at 10 weeks. It was never going to be a happy experience, as the news i received wasn't happy...

      by Anonymous, 19 Jul 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


      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
      • The tour is part of the parent education classes. Alternatively you can contact the maternity helpline.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • 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
      • Vending machine in canteen and partners can use kitchen on the birth centre
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • 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: 020 8510 7371
      • If in labour call: 020 8510 7351 or 020 8510 7352
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Women can walk in the hospital grounds in early labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Partner can stay 2 visitors per patient (including partner): 8am-1pm and 3-8pm Children of the patient may visit during this period Maximum visitors per bed: 1 adult 2 children No children under 16 unless sibling of baby.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Free for 1 hour (can only park for one hour otherwise local street parking (pay and display)).
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