Whittington Hospital, Highgate

The Whittington 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

3650

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You will be advised to go home, or admitted to the antenatal ward.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Usually 1-2 birth partners, depending on your needs
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances

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
  • Other: Acupuncture

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
    • 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 0-4 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 3.

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

As some midwives work both in the community and on the labour ward, you may meet your midwife when in labour. We are also piloting two community hub teams to improve continuity of care.

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: Haringey and Islington
      • 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: Large rooms and mobility aids in the wash rooms on the Birth Centre and labour ward.
      • Hearing problems: We can request a sign language interpreter.
      • Sight problems: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Autism spectrum: Your needs will be individually assessed.
    • Interpreting service
      • Your needs will be individually assessed and we can provide a telephone service ('Big Word') as well as a face to face service.
      • Posters and leaflets are available in different languages. The maternity and Trust website can be translated in many languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • FGM, obesity, clinically high risk women, immunisations, twins.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Second baby at the Whittington

      I had my second baby at the Whittington last week. I was induced on Murray Ward and the care was excellent. I had a private room and I was able to go for walks outside of the hospital between...

      by Anonymous, 25 Oct 2018

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    • My delivery experience

      I had my baby girl delivered at Whittington hospital on the 1st of May 2018. Overall a good experience. The things that I didnt like that much are: while I was in my first stage of the labour they...

      by Anonymous, 28 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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      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.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • There is a vending service within our Labour ward location.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 80.0 hours per week (47.6%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 7288 3482
      • If in labour call: 020 7288 5880
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Garden space available.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • General visitors: 3-7pm. Partners any time. Only two visitors are allowed per woman at any one time. No children may visit other than the mother own children.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Cars can drop off and collect from the hospital entrance on Magdala Avenue but they cannot park or wait there.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £3.00 per hour
    • Temporary closures
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