Useful info for maternity services at the PRUH
Updated: Jan 1
With no hospital tours being offered at the Princess Royal University hospital (PRUH), I’m speaking to more and more anxious expectant parents who are worried about they don’t know where maternity is, where to go when they go in to labour, or where to park. So I’ve put a post together gathering all the info I know and can find.
If anyone has given birth recently at the PRUH and has any helpful tips to add, feel free to add them in the comments!
Firstly, parking! My top tips:
take a pen and paper and leave a note on the dashboard explaining your partner is in labour!
take a photo of the meters so you can pay for parking by phone and top up as you need to without leaving the ward/birthing suite
download the Pay by Phone app for easy parking top ups
take a photo of your number plate too if you don’t know it off by heart!
Here’s the parking details for the main car park at the PRUH:
Next, where to go! Maternity is on the 3rd floor south wing. Enter the hospital via the main entrance, go straight through the double doors opposite and take the first set of lifts to the 3rd floor. Oasis suite is on the left, maternity on the right a little ways down the corridor.
Here are some photos of maternity:
The Oasis birthing suite is made up of 2 large rooms with birthing pools and 4 smaller rooms. There is an inflatable birthing pool available for use in one of the 4 smaller rooms. Each room has a shower room. There are birthing balls, birth stools, TENS machines and gas and air available. Transfer to the labour ward if you wish to have an epidural or need interventions is quick and possible if needed, as labour ward is only down the corridor.
Current COVID restrictions (as of 1/1/2021):
King's Maternity have released the following statement:
In response to the current rise in COVID-19 positive cases, we've made some changes to maternity services to keep everyone as safe as possible.
At King's Denmark Hill, birth pools and midwife-led care are still available on Labour Ward but not in the Midwife-led Rooms, which are now being used for COVID-positive women and birthing people. The PRUH Oasis Birth Centre will remain open as usual.
One birth partner can be with you throughout your time on Labour Ward. Partners must wear a face covering at all times.
Partners are welcome at antenatal scans.
If you are admitted to Antenatal or Postnatal Ward before the result of your COVID swab, you may be moved to a waiting area on the ward until your result comes through, to maintain safety and distancing for all.
Visiting hours on Postnatal and Antenatal Ward will be 2 - 6 pm daily from 26 December. There are no washing or sleeping facilities for partners on these wards. If you are coming in for an induction, your partner can be with you when there are obvious signs of labour, otherwise they will be encouraged to go home, rest and wait to be called back when labour begins.
We are committed to offering individualised care where needed while these temporary changes are in place. Please contact your midwife to find out more or to book an appointment with the consultant midwife to discuss your needs.
We are working hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all women and families we care for as well as our staff. The situation will be reviewed regularly and any changes will be emailed to you and posted on the King's MVP Facebook page.
Stay safe and well, King's Maternity Team
Further info on maternity is available via their online welcome to Kings maternity sessions or via their website https://pruh.kch.nhs.uk/services/maternity/
Please ignore the times given for the maternity assessment unit MAU contact number printed in the maternity notes booklet. The number is a 24 hour helpline; and if you have concerns about movements you can call any time day and night.
Women who are 13-18 weeks pregnant are invited to join this zoom session on 23/11/2020 at 11:00. Book your place here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcome-to-kings-maternity-services-tickets-127711254801