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At Kingston we have three postnatal wards where care is provided by a team of midwives, support workers and doctors. You will be transferred to one of these soon after the birth. The time of transfer and the location where you receive care and support following the birth will be depend on your individual need and circumstances.
If your pregnancy and birth is uncomplicated (vaginal birth or caesarean), and you and your baby require only routine observations you are likely to be transferred to the worcester ward. This ward is located in the Esher wing at Kingston hospital. Your transfer is facilitated by a porter and support worker, either on a bed or in a wheelchair.
You will be transferred here if you require additional monitoring and support following the birth. This will include women who have had a medical or pregnancy related issue or in the event that additonal observations are recommended following the birth.
"An area for babies needing care that exceeds normal routine care which includes support and education of that infant's parents" British Paediatric Association, 1992.
If your baby is born between 34 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, is clinically small (1.8kg to 2.5kg), requires blood sugar monitoring or requires antibiotics and is well, you will be admitted to the Transitional Care Unit (TCU).
TCU is a small unit caring for up to twelve babies and their mums. Our aim is to provide the extra care and support you need to enable you to feel happy and confident when your baby is ready to go home.
There is an opportunity for your partner to stay overnight with you on all the postnatal wards. We would ask that you are respectful to other families on the ward, and read the code of conduct here. All others visitors are welcome on postnatal wards from 15:00 to 20:00. Only mother’s own children are able to visit.