Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

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 medium unit

4100

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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9

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
    • Five side rooms may be available for you and your partner to stay in overnight.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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.
    • £120 non ensuite rooms, £180 ensuite rooms.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a 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?

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 be looked after by different teams of midwives for your antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

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: West Essex and East Hertfordshire
      • 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: Your needs will be assessed and an individualised plan put into place.
      • Hearing problems: Information can be made available in special format for disabled patients by contacting 01279 827211.
      • Sight problems: You will receive an individual care plan. Information can be made available in special formats.
      • Learning disabilities: You will receive a full assessment of your needs, there is also a Learning Disabilities Champion within Maternity who can support individuals with specific needs.
      • Autism spectrum: You will receive a full assessment of your needs and extra support from experienced midwives is available.
    • Interpreting service
      • Staff and patients have access to interpreting services who are contracted by the trust.
      • There are various leaflets available in languages other than English, there is also access to telephone or face to face interpretation.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Vaginal birth after caesarean; smoking cessation

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • First baby

      Received awful care from start to finish. I went in to be induced took 4 days for them to break my waters as there was a lack of beds, once my waters had been broken was moved into a delivery room...

      by Tag18, 24 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Antenatal Classes

      We are having our first child and my wife is now 26 weeks pregnant. Our experience from the beginning has been great and the midwife team are very supportive, not only at the hospital but also at...

      by Anonymous, 29 Aug 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

      9.3/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.5/10

      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
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01279 444455 ext. 7286
      • If in labour call: 01279 441607
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds
    • Visiting information
      • Partners may stay overnight in the amenity rooms
      • Partners have open visiting. Other visitors: 3.30-4.30pm and 7-8pm. Only 2 visitors at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Up to 3 hours: £3. Up to 6 hours: £4. 6-24 hours: £6.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: 36 hours due to the volume of women arriving in labour and women unable to be discharged for clinical reasons.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Midwife Led Unit
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