Kingston Hospital

Kingston 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 large 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 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Please speak to your midwife for more information
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £100 per night.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • 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 2.

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

Midwives who work in the community also work within the labour ward, so there is a chance that a women may have met the midwife caring for them in labour. The majority of women will be cared for by a midwife that they have not met during pregnancy. Women who live outside the traditional catchment area will have antenatal care at Kingston hospital or an outreach antenatal service. They will be cared for in labour by someone they have not met before.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Kingston, Richmond and parts of Elmbridge
      • 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 have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
      • Hearing problems: portable induction loop; signers are able to be pre-booked.
      • Sight problems: you will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
      • 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
      • A telephone-based translation and interpretation service is available. Face to face interpreters are usually used for ultrasound scans and other appointments as needed.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Multiple births; Birth after caesarean section.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Pregnancy and labour experience

      I suffered from HG from early on in my pregnancy and received the most amazing care from everyone I came across at Kingston, from A&E to the Jasmine Unit where I was admitted for a few days. I...

      by Grateful First Time Mum, 07 Nov 2018

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    • Amazing delivery

      I wasn’t too impressed with ins care however community midwife was amazing. Had elective c section can not fault the delivery team. Midwife, Drs anaesthist were amazing all very pleasant,polite and...

      by Anonymous, 15 Mar 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
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • You can book private (paid for) care with a consultant at this hospital. The majority of women who do this want a planned caesarean birth. Private postnatal care is available. See website for more details.
    • 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
      • Sainsbury's Local located very close to hospital, open until 11pm
      • 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: 020 8934 2435/7
      • If in labour call: 020 8934 2802
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Garden area and hospital grounds
    • Visiting information
      • Partners are welcome to stay with their partner 24/7. Other visitors: 3-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • Car parking fees are in operation 8am-8pm, seven days a week. Birth partners are able to pay £6 a day for parking. For all other visitors the cost is £2.00 for the first hour, £1.50 for each hour thereafter - up to five hours. £10 for parking all day.
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