Postnatal Ward

For women who need to stay in hospital after the birth of their baby

  • Location

    St Thomas' Hospital
    6th floor, North Wing
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7EH

    Tel: main reception 020 7188 6846 (8am-10pm)

    Alternative numbers: 020 7188 5155 / 5149 / 5151

    Matron: Susan Lawrence
    Midwifery practice leaders: Stephanie Clarke, Zoe Chadderton (breastfeeding coordinator), Camille Kalloo and Marina Comuzzi

  • North Wing 

    Download the Postnatal Ward map (PDF 43Kb)

Directions: from the main North Wing entrance, turn right at main reception and then left towards North Wing. Take the lift to the 6th floor and follow signs to the Postnatal Ward.


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. 

Information for visitors

  • Your partner (or one other nominated person) can visit you from 9a -8pm. Other friends and relatives can visit from 3pm-7pm.
  • You're allowed up to three visitors at any one time - this includes your partner.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not allowed onto the ward unless they are your children in order to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Overnight stay is available on the Postnatal Ward, on request, for one adult only to support you - a recliner is provided.
  • The day room is the preferred place for you to use a mobile phone. You can use your mobile phone on the ward, but please respect other women while using it, especially when they may be asleep.
  • Cut flowers are allowed on the ward.

Your care on the Postnatal Ward

Ward rounds

Ward rounds generally start at 9am. You'll be seen every morning and 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, and have a resident pharmacist who visits the ward on a regular basis. 

You'll 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 of that shift.  

All staff caring for you will introduce themselves to you and will be wearing an ID badge.

Staff are identifiable by the colour of their tunics. The matron wears purple. Senior midwives wear navy blue. Midwives wear royal blue and maternity support workers wear light grey. The midwife in charge wears a distinctive red armband.

Mealtimes

  • 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 water 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 three times a week. There is a flat screen TV and refreshment facilities for you and your visitors. You may be asked to wait in here while we complete your discharge paperwork. 

There are two neonatal clinics on the ward, providing newborn checks for babies before discharge. Find out more about neonatal care at Evelina London Children's Hospital

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. Headphones are provided. 

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:

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