Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chelsea And Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Labour Ward

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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
  • Other: Telemetry fetal monitoring.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £350 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 6-12 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.

If you live in area you will be looked after by a small team of midwives for your antenatal and postnatal care, if you live out of area and have a complex pregnancy you will be looked after by the team of midwives in the antenatal clinic. If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy it will be by a team of midwives on the birth centre.

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
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth
      • 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: disabled access showers/wet rooms. Electric beds, individualised care plans.
      • Hearing problems: hearing loops at reception & signing interpreter service if needed. Individualised care plans.
      • Sight problems: You will have an individualised plan of care to enable you to navigate during your hospital stay.
      • Learning disabilities: You will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
      • Autism spectrum: You will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • The interpreting service exists for women who speak little or no English and women who are deaf or hearing impaired and require communication support. Interpreters are supplied to the hospital by an agency and women who require interpreters or communication support should discuss this with the department where they are receiving treatment. This department will then make the relevant booking with the Trust's approved interpreting provider.
      • we use an interpreting service called big hand-we can do face to face interpreting services or over the phone and offer individualised care plans.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • Fetal medicine, birth choices clinic.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • The most wonderful birth experience

      Had the most wonderful birth experience here. The midwives are wonderful! Transferred here at 28 weeks as I moved house and I’m so pleased I was. I came in a few times to be checked for reduced...

      by Ci, 02 Jul 2019

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    • Treatment of staff towards me

      I was been admitted several times for hyperemisis. once it was clear to staff i have mental health,even though my moods been perfect,some nurses judged me,took anything i said out of context and...

      by Bisma, 28 May 2019

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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 is available here.
      • Private care is available in - The Kensington Wing.
    • 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
      • There is a 24-hour vending service available on the Ground Floor between Lift Banks C and D with a choice of hot meals, snacks and drinks.
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 102.0 hours per week (60.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 020 3315 6000
      • If in labour call: 020 3315 6000
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • One nominated partner is welcome to visit 24 hours a day. Rest period between 1-4pm (partner only). Other visitors between 4-7pm (maximum 3 visitors).
      • One nominated partner is welcome to visit 24 hours a day. Rest period between 1-4pm (partner only). Other visitors between 4-7pm (maximum 3 visitors).
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance/ a paying car park
    • Parking
      • £10 per day
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: Once as the unit was at full capacity (safety of women and babies) for 6 hours.
      • 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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