Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital

East Kent Hospitals University 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 small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

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
    • 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
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 0

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 not available.
  • 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 4-24hours 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 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

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 have one or two named midwives who provide care. Occasionally you may see an additional midwife.

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: East Kent
      • 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: if you have limited mobility, support and advice is available from physiotherapy, the manual handling team and occupational therapy. Variable height beds in all ward areas. Information is available about specialised / adapting baby care equipment.
      • Hearing problems: British and American Sign Language interpreters can be booked. Information available about equipment to support caring for your baby.
      • Sight problems: some materials can be provided in braille, large print or audio versions.
      • Learning disabilities: there is a specialist learning disability nurse. There are some easy read / picture booklets available. Makaton sign language interpreters can be booked.
      • Autism spectrum: if you are on the autistic spectrum there is no specific provision for you, although your needs will be individually assessed.
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face interpreters can be used if booked in advance. Translation of documents if requested can be undertaken in advance. Telephone interpretation is available via 'thebigword'
      • for women who don't speak English, other than the interpreter service, there are antenatal, labour and postnatal picture books.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Amazing team and fantastic experience

      We recently had our second child born at QEQM hospital and it was such a pleasant experience, again! Most importantly the staff were amazing. The midwives rushed to get a room ready in time and...

      by Anonymous, 23 May 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Wonderful care

      Having had a complicated pregnancy due to bleeding from about 26 weeks, we had been in and out of the Labour ward and day care on a regular basis. On every visit we received consistent professional...

      by Clobug, 22 Jan 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
      • Tours are generally at the weekend. call the labour ward on the day you wish to come
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Restaurant open Mon - Fri 7.30am-8pm & Sat/Sun 8am8pm.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0122 786 4152
      • If in labour call: 0184 323 4290
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a small garden.
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for postnatal ward.
      • Extended visiting for partners/significant other (one person only): 24hrs.
        General visiting 4-7pm. Only your own children may visit.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • New pay-on-foot parking: first hour £1
        Increments of 20p every 12 minutes (to a maximum of £8.00 per 24 hour period).
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