Queen's Hospital, Romford

Barking, Havering And Redbridge University Hospitals NHS 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
  • 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
    • Women are encouraged to spend as much time at home in early labour, however there are mats and balls available on the labour ward.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 16 labour rooms
    • 8 Birth pool(s)
      • 5 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Partners can stay 24 hours a day antenatally and postnatally in the ward area
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 1

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.
    • £140 per night
  • 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
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 2 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.

The community midwives work in small teams. We are piloting three teams in the near future which will provide care by the same midwife antenatally, in labour and postnatally.

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: Redbridge, Barking and Havering and Essex
      • 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 individually assessed and appropriate aids and support provided.
      • Hearing problems: signers are available.
      • Sight problems: your birth supporter can accompany you; information is available in braille.
      • Learning disabilities: there is a dedicated Learning Disability midwife, individualised care will be provided dending upon your need.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have your needs assessed on an individual basis and a plan of care agreed.
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face interpreting and a telephone service.
      • Leaflets are available in different languages, these are also online and can be translated through a search engine.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • HIV

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Thank you

      I am a registrar (doctor) and had seen some traumatic births before so felt very anxious about labour. I had my first baby on 16/11/18 and I have nothing but praise for all of the professionals I...

      by Anonymous, 16 Sep 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Giving birth.

      I had a VBAC, the staff in the labor and maternity wards were very caring and supporting and the midwife was very supportive and I felt looked after all the way through my labor, I cannot thank...

      by Sulun, 10 Sep 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


      Worse 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 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.
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 122.0 hours per week (72.6%)
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Contact 0170 843 5213 to find out more details.
      0208 970 5757: 8.30am-4.30pm
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0170 843 5213 ext. 5371
      • If in labour call: 0170 850 3742
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a Lavender Garden
    • Visiting information
      • 11am-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There are parking bays outside of maternity. Your birthing partner can park free of charge whilst you are in established labour and for two hours, after which normal parking charges apply.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 10 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • There is limited parking available on site and people are encouraged to travel to the hospital by public transport wherever possible. The unit charges the following amounts for parking and operates a pay on exit scheme: Up to 1 hour: £1.20. 1-2 hours: £2.40. 2-3 hours: £3.60. 3-6 hours: £4.80. 6-9 hours: £8. 9-12 hours: £12. Over 12 hours: £18.
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