St Helier Hospital, Carshalton

Epsom And St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

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 small 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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 labour rooms
    • 0 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

    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

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are available.
      • £150 (with en-suite facilities: basin, shower and toilet) or £100 (without en-suite facilities) per night.
    • Provision for partners staying overnight
      • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a 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 5 and for postnatal appointments it's 5.

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

    You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

    You will be looked after by a small team of 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: Sutton, Cheam, Carshalton, Merton, Mitcham, Roundshaw, Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Wallington.
        • 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: single room with own amenities.
        • Hearing problems: if available, a single room with own amenities will be offered. carer allowed to stay overnight.
        • Sight problems: if available, a single room with own amenities will be offered. carer allowed to stay overnight.
        • Learning disabilities: if available, a single room with own amenities will be offered. carer allowed to stay overnight.
        • Autism spectrum: if available, a single room with own amenities will be offered. carer allowed to stay overnight.
      • Interpreting service
        • Please inform your GP or midwife as soon as possible so that they can arrange an interpreter for you.
        • interpreting service
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Bereavement
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Perinatal mental health
        • Substance misuse
        • Teenage pregnancy
        • Vulnerable women
        • Counselling Midwife

      Women's experiences

      Reviews of this hospital

      Source: Care Opinion
      • Maternity Patient

        I was 34 weeks pregnant and I transferred from St Georges to St Heliers Hospital and it was the best thing I did, the service was fab, the midwives was so helpful and professional, great service I...

        by Anonymous, 03 Apr 2018

        Read on Care Opinion
      • Amazing care throughout!

        My wife and I had a wonderful experience at the birth of our baby. An individual plan was made to enable my wife to have the labour experience she wanted, despite needing an induction. We were...

        by PositiveBirthPartner, 21 Feb 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


        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
      • Breech baby
        • If your baby is breech you'll be encouraged to have a caesarean.
      • 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
        • Cafe and restaurant (not 24hrs)
        • 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: 0208 296 2542
        • If in labour call: 030 0123 5473
      • Outside space
        • There is no outside space available for women in labour
      • Visiting information
        • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
        • Birth partner: 24hours. Other visitors: 3-8pm.
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • drop off outside entrance
      • Parking
        • £2.50 / hour
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