Maternity services at UCLH
4 April 2022
There have been many high-profile investigations and reports into maternity safety within NHS Trusts in the past years.
UCLH Maternity service are focused on making well- informed improvements to maternity services as a team of midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists, obstetric anaesthetists, GPs, paramedics etc and centrally including families,
We are committed to ensuring important lessons learned and recommendations are implemented into our services in the interested of ensuring high quality and safe care of mothers, and babies.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to the parents and families directly and indirectly affected by the content in the reports.
If you are currently pregnant or planning for a baby and have any questions or concerns, please get in touch so we can help. You can talk to a member of our maternity team by emailing Lyndsey.
We would also like you to know that UCLH is committed to an open and honest culture where the safety of all our patients and colleagues is a key priority.
Updated 6 July 2022 - for more information about our COVID-19 maternity services visiting information, visit here.
Throughout the pandemic, our visiting policy has been developed in line with Public Health England and NHS England national guidance and in response to changing infection rates in London to protect patients, their visitors and staff.
You can bring one support partner to:
- All scans
- All midwife appointments
- All Fetal Medicine Unit appointments
- All attendances to the Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit
Please note that this does not include GTT glucose tests.
Visitors for outpatient appointments will be required to wait just outside the building as waiting areas inside the hospital cannot accommodate all patients and visitors while socially distanced. Visitors will be able to join patients when they are brought into a room and the appointment starts.
2 x support partners for:
- Admissions for induction of labour
- Admissions for labour and birth
We are pleased to update you with the changes to our Maternity Visiting as below:
Birthing partner can stay for 24 hours on Birth Centre, Postnatal Ward & ACU.
Second person can visit the Birth Centre, Postnatal Ward & ACU (including children/siblings) between 2-8pm
Please note this only applies to Maternity Inpatients (Birth Centre, Postnatal Ward & ACU) for the time being.
Our Neonatal Unit visiting is currently under review.
All visitors for all outpatient and inpatient appointments will require an ID badge which is produced on that day for that day only by ground floor reception staff.
We recommend that visitors arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time to allow time for this badge to be produced.
We understand that having a baby is one of the most important experiences of your life.
You will have particular expectations of your birth that are important to you: where you want your baby to be born, who will be with you and the type of care you get.
For some, engaging with maternity services can be a little daunting and you will want access to appropriate information and safe guidance to help you make informed choices and decisions about your pregnancy.
The maternity team at UCLH will listen to your hopes and concerns and can suggest helpful and practical ideas to help you.
The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA) Wing provides comprehensive, high quality care with the latest technology for women and their babies in the areas of gynaecology, maternity and neonatal care. Find out more in the video below.
- Birth after caesarean section - Making the right choice for your birth
- COVID-19 - Information for women and their families
- COVID-19 testing within maternity services
- Enhanced Surveillance of Covid Infection: Questions and Answers
- External cephalic version
- Feeling your baby move
- Fetal monitoring in labour
- Group B Streptococcus
- Infection control on the neonatal unit
- Information for private maternity patients
- Local Anaesthetic - Surgical Management of Miscarriage
- Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
- Neonatal loss: After the death of your baby. A guide to what options are available
- Newborn BCG Vaccine
- Perineal care after childbirth
- Planned elective caesarean section
- Planning to have your baby at the EGA Wing at UCLH
- Pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccination phoneline
- Pregnancy of an unknown location
- Pregnancy of Unknown Location (PUL)
- Pregnancy: 11- to 14-week scan
- Vitamin K prophylaxis
- Women who decline blood and blood products
- Zika virus