Picture of maternity thank you cards on pinboard

Postnatal ward

Caring for people who need to stay in hospital after they give birth

Picture of maternity thank you cards on pinboard

Your stay on the postnatal ward

We are a postnatal ward. We have 28 beds.

Visitor information

Speak to the nurse-in-charge for up-to-date information on visiting.

Our visiting adult inpatient wards page has further information about visiting patients.

Our welcome pack

To help make your stay as comfortable as possible, we can give you toiletries if you need them.

We'll give you a welcome booklet telling you:

  • what to expect during your stay
  • what will happen on the day you are ready to leave hospital

Ward rounds

When you come into hospital, you will be under the care of a consultant and a team of doctors. Your team will see you every morning during their ward rounds, which usually start at 9am. The meeting your ward team page has more information about the general ward routine.

There will be a new team of midwives at the start of every nursing shift. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to a member of the nursing team.

All staff caring for you will introduce themselves and wear an ID badge.

Mealtimes

Meals will be brought to your bedside. Mealtimes are:

  • breakfast, 8am
  • lunch, midday
  • dinner, 5pm

You can choose your lunch and dinner each day. Your options include:

  • hot
  • cold
  • vegetarian
  • soft diet

If you have any other dietary needs, please tell ward staff as early as possible during your stay. 

We have a protected mealtime policy between midday and 2pm.

This is so you can eat your meals without interruption. Visitors can stay with you if you need their help to eat or drink.

Hot drinks are available at all times. They are free for patients. We ask visitors to make a small donation.

We also provide mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Our meals page has more information.

Using your mobile phone

You can use your mobile phone on the ward. Please respect other patients while using it, especially when they are asleep. Please make sure that it is kept on silent at all times.

Facilities on the ward

There is a day room for you and your visitors to use. Please keep it clean.

Daily breastfeeding drop-in sessions are held here, as well as physiotherapy sessions three times a week. 

There is a television, radio and phone service at your hospital bed.

Contact us

Phone

Main reception: 020 7188 6846

Postnatal services

For more information about our postnatal services, visit our postnatal service pages.

How to find us

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

Directions

From the main North Wing entrance, turn right at main reception, then left into North Wing. Take the lift up to the 6th floor and follow signs for the postnatal ward.

Accessibility information for the Postnatal ward.

Last updated: April 2022

pals icon

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Is this page useful?