University Hospital, Lewisham

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2018

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

3850

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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11

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
  • Other: Alternative positions in labour
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
    • 11 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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.
    • £150 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 in a double bed
    • 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 4-6 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.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

You will have a named midwife providing one to one care for you 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: Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley plus women who live in South East London.
      • 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: we have large en-suite private rooms and spacious wards. all needs are assessed individually.
      • Hearing problems: sign language services available.
      • Sight problems: specialist support and individualised care plans.
      • Learning disabilities: you will receive additional support during pregnancy - with a detailed birth plan and postnatal care plan written. We have a dedicated midwifery team called Kaleidoscope available to support you if you have additional needs.
      • Autism spectrum: you will receive additional support during pregnancy. We have a dedicated midwifery team called Kaleidoscope available to support you if you have additional needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting services available (face to face and telephone)
      • leaflets available in a variety of languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • We have a caseloading team providing full care to women whereever they choose to have their baby.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Our experience with the birth and death of our son.

      The following is the story of our son John Paul, who passed away shortly after his birth in April 2018. We have written this story to highlight the incredible people at University Hospital Lewisham...

      by amillea, 25 Sep 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Birth Centre fantastic but postnate ward a let...

      I had my baby in the birth centre and the midwives were fantastic. I really recommend letting a student midwife be involved with your care if you are offered the choice as they will try and be with...

      by Anonymous, 17 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    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

      8.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Pregnancy evenings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Meet in the antenatal clinic (Green Zone).
      • Take a virtual tour
    • 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 96.0 hours per week (57.1%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0778 784 1986
      • If in labour call: 0208 333 3026
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • One nominated partner: Open visiting.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 10 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £1 per hour
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