St Thomas' Hospital
6th floor, North Wing
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Main reception: 020 7188 6846 (8am - 10pm)
East staff base: 020 7188 5155
South staff base: 020 7188 5149
West staff base: 020 7188 5151
This 38-bedded ward is for women who need to stay in hospital after the birth of their baby, for example after a caesarean section.
The postnatal ward is divided into 3 areas: East, South and West.
Information for visitors
Partners can visit you from 9am - 7pm. Other friends and relatives can visit from 3pm - 7pm.
You are allowed up to 3 visitors at any one time - this includes your partner.
To reduce the risk of infection, children under the age of 16 are not allowed onto the ward unless they are your children.
You can use your mobile phone on the ward, but please respect other patients while using it, especially when they may be asleep.
Cut flowers are allowed on the ward.
Your care on the postnatal ward
Ward rounds generally start at 9am. You will be seen every morning and you will be under the care of a consultant and his or her team of doctors. We offer a smooth and seamless transition from hospital to community midwifery care, have a resident pharmacist and a liaison health visitor, who visits the ward on a regular basis.
You will be given a named midwife at the start of every shift. If you have any questions or problems, please talk to your midwife. If she/he is unable to help, ask the midwife in charge that day. All staff caring for you will introduce themselves to you and will be wearing an ID badge.
Breakfast - 8am
Lunch - 12 noon
Dinner - 5pm
Hot drinks are available at all times from the tea trolley in the day room. This is free for patients, but we ask visitors to make a small donation. Our food services assistants will also do a tea round in the morning and in the afternoon.
See our meals page for more information.
Facilities on the ward
There is a large day room overlooking Westminster and the Thames. Daily breastfeeding drop-in sessions are held here, as well as physiotherapy sessions 3 times a week. There is a flat screen TV and refreshments facilities for your and your visitors. You may be asked to wait in here while we complete your discharge paperwork.
There are 2 neonatal clinics on the ward, providing newborn checks for babies before discharge
The Hospedia (formerly patientline) service by your bed offers a radio that you can use for free and a television, which you have to pay for. It also offers a telephone.
Tell us what you think
We hope your stay is as pleasant as possible. If you or any of your visitors have a question or compliment or concern, please: