At Newham Hospital, we remain committed to providing you with outstanding care, and have dedicated staff working hard to ensure you have a safe and positive experience of pregnancy and birth. Maternity staff cannot work from home as we need to care for you and your baby throughout the antenatal, labour and postnatal period. We ask that you understand the challenging environment that we are working in and support us in what we are trying to achieve in caring for you during this time.
- If you have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath), please do not come into the hospital.
- Please do not bring any children with you to the hospital. They will not be allowed to accompany you to your appointment and you’ll be asked to reschedule.
- One adult will be allowed to accompany you to your appointment. This may change in future, depending on advice from Public Health England.
- Some appointments will now be cairred out by telephone rather than face-to-face. We will let you know if this applies to your appointment.
- All parent education classes and tours the maternity unit have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. We are looking into ways of delivering them virtually – please follow our social media feeds for more information over the coming months.
- One named birth partner will be allowed to accompany you while you are admitted to the maternity department. If they have any cough, cold, fever or upset tummy, they must not come with you. We will not be allowing the swapping of birth partners.
- All other visitors must wait until you have been discharged home.
- No children will be allowed on the maternity wards.
Temporary suspension of some maternity services
We are working to protect you during these unprecedented times. As a result, for the safety of you, your families and our staff, we have taken the very difficult decision to suspend our homebirth service and labour care at Barking Birth Centre.
We understand that this decision is disappointing for patients and our staff.
An important part of our homebirth and Barking Birth Centre service planning is ensuring that patient safety is maintained at all times. Part of this is maintaining safe routes of transfer into the hospital should you require it during an emergency for yourself or your baby.
The London Ambulance Service are experiencing very high demand on both call handling and ambulance response. Because of this, we cannot guarantee a timely response from the ambulance service should you require a transfer to the hospital. There is a risk of a delayed response in a homebirth or at Barking Birth Centre if there was an emergency.
We are running a full maternity service from the hospital labour ward and hospital alongside birth centre at Newham University Hospital. We look forward to welcoming you here for the birth of your baby.
Choosing our hospital
Welcome to our maternity service at Newham Hospital. We help to deliver 6,000 babies a year, making us one of the busiest maternity units in the country. We are very proud of our service and we are committed to providing high quality maternity care.
We provide care at Newham Hospital, Barking Community Hospital and in the community to women who live in the London boroughs of Newham, Barking, Havering and Redbridge, however we do also welcome women from outside these boroughs.
All of the staff you meet during your care with us should introduce themselves and carry an identification badge. Please do not be afraid to ask for a person’s name or role if you do not know who they are.