Maternity Wards (Duchess of Kent Maternity Wing)

Antenatal checks
Visiting times (all maternity wards):
Partners/siblings of the baby (only): 8am-6pm
Other visitors: 6pm-8pm

Welcome to our maternity wards. The Trust is planning an extensive refurbishment of labour ward, costing around £1.5 million. As part of this refurbishment, the maternity department has already received a new ‘state of the art’ theatre enabling emergency obstetric cases to be carried out alongside elective theatre work.

Support and advice

Telephone support and advice is available 24 hours a day, as well as assessment on admission offering a more efficient service to women as they arrive. During your pregnancy, please consider your transport arrangements for your journey to hospital. Only use ambulances in case of emergency. In all instances, please telephone us before arriving at the hospital, on 01895 279441.

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Our Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC) aims to ensure parents' views of local maternity services are taken into account when commissioning those services. So please give us your feedback by filling out this online form. No record of your details will be kept, all feedback is treated as anonymous'.

Day Assessment Unit »

This service is designed for women who may be showing signs of early complications, but do not require admission to hospital. It allows for your pregnancy to be more closely monitored. If you require an appointment in this Unit your midwife or obstetrician will give you information on what to expect.

Delivery Suite / Labour Ward »

Birthing Pool
Katherine Ward (antenatal)
The Delivery Suite has 12 delivery rooms with en suite shared bathrooms. We have one family room located next to the birthing pool room. There is also a theatre and recovery area.  We offer natural and water births to low risk mothers as well as epidurals if needed.

If you request an epidural we offer a 24 hour service. Mothers are encouraged to go home between 2-6 hrs after delivery if there are no complications following the birth. The birthing pool can be used as a means of pain relief and relaxation or to give birth in water. En suite to the labour ward is an anaesthetic room, maternity theatre and recovery area with two beds.

Telephone numbers:
01895 279441
01895 279463
Any specific visiting restrictions:
Birthing partners only. No children until after baby is born, then only baby's siblings on the ward for a short period of time only.
Senior Midwife:
Labour ward co-ordinator
Lyn McLaughlin

Katherine Ward (Antenatal) »

Birthing Pool
Katherine Ward (antenatal)
Katherine Ward is a 17 bedded inpatient ward on the 2nd floor. 4 beds are for day assessment. 9 single rooms are allocated for women who have pregnancy complications, where mother and baby’s health can be monitored - these are for women who are likely to stay a long time.
Telephone numbers:
01895 279462
01895 279935
Any specific visiting restrictions:
3 visitors only to each bed at any one time. No children under the age of 14 years old.
Senior Midwife:
Seleena Yates

Alexander Ward (Postnatal) »

Birthing Pool
Katherine Ward (antenatal)
Alexander Ward is a 22 bedded inpatient ward situated on the third floor. The postnatal ward is where you will go after the birth of your baby (unless you go directly home). There are also 5 single bedded rooms. The postnatal team here look after both mother and baby in the postnatal period.

After the birth of your baby we can offer an amenity room if one is available, the cost is currently £71 for a shared bathroom or £86 for individual bathroom per night.  Unfortunately these rooms cannot be booked in advance but please mention your request to the labour ward midwife after the birth of your baby.  Every effort will be made to accommodate your request if a room is available.  The cost of the room does not include any private care or separate menus.

Once you have been discharged you will be moved to the transfer lounge ready to go home.

If your baby requires additional support or care (s)he may be admitted to the Neonatal Unit. If you are medically fit for discharge you will be discharged home and will need to make arrangements to visit your baby. You may go home and make travel arrangements to visit whilst your baby is receiving specialist care. Arrangements can be made for taking your baby’s first portrait; the Gazette photographer visits the ward every Wednesday.

Telephone numbers:
01895 279459
01895 279934
Any specific visiting restrictions:
3 visitors only to each bed at ay one time. No children under the age of 14 years old.
Senior Sister/Charge Nurse:
Meena Down
Anne Thysse
Pregnant woman having a check up

Maternity Unit
Maternity building
Hillingdon Hospital
Telephone: 01895 279471