University College Hospital, London

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 28 Jun 2018

The Labour Ward, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing, UCH

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

6650

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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12

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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • 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
  • Other: Homeopathy; acupuncture.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £850 per night postnatal package
  • 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
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Private patients' partners can stay in the room with the woman on a folding bed.
  • 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 6 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

UCLH offers midwife-led care, shared care and consultant-led care. We are in the process of developing continuity models in an incremental way, with the aim for all women to be booked into a continuity pathway by 2021.

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: Camden and parts of Islington - but we also accept out-of-area referrals.
      • 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: You will be offered a referral to a physiotherapist and have a birth planning session together with a midwife.
      • Hearing problems: You can use the LanguageLine specialist services and input from British Sign Language.
      • Sight problems: You can use the LanguageLine specialist services. For example the birth unit tour can be listened to and is also in 2 different foreign languages most commonly spoken in the unit.
      • Learning disabilities: We provide easy read leaflets for common care activities; Youtube videos to help you better understand your admission to hospital. Where appropriate we also use the Hospital Passport. Midwives will also liaise with social care services on your behalf to help plan the best care for you.
      • Autism spectrum: The level of support required depends on the individual and this will be agreed in conjuction with the woman, her advocate if she has one, and with the midwife.
    • Interpreting service
      • If your first language is not English and you need help to communicate with staff, interpreters can be provided for most languages. There are telephone or face-to-face interpreters available as well as text translation services. If you need a face-to-face interpreter this can take up to 72 hours to arrange, so give as much notice as you can.
      • You can use the LanguageLine specialist services. For example the birth unit tour can be listened to and is also in 2 different foreign languages most commonly spoken in the unit.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • I will not being going to this hospital after how I was spoken to

      UCLH and Royal Free are in my catchment area, and one friend recommended UCLH so I self-referred.   I have so far spoken to two incredibly rude people on the phone in the maternity unit at this...

      by pinktango, 14 Nov 2018

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    • Great Specialist care but reception staff a let...

      The care by midwives is to a good standard - some visits I get a very attentive care and other times i just feel rushed through and not really told the purpose of that specific visit - my BP is...

      by Anonymous, 11 Feb 2017

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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

      8.0/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.4/10

      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
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Planned caesarean births in The Fitzrovia Suite. Also a Private Postnatal Package is available providing one-to-one midwifery care.
    • 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 are vending machines for snacks and drinks just outside the entrance to the Hospital restaurant (The Cafe). There are also a number of eateries close by, on Tottenham Court Road for example.
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 92.0 hours per week (54.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      uclh.antenatalreferrals@nhs.net
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 3447 9400
      • If in labour call: 020 3447 9400
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting
      • Visiting times: 2pm - 8pm Maximum visitors = 3. Under 16s: only siblings permitted.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • Nearest car park on Huntley Road (meter payment).
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