Department numbers Hospital map Parking Visiting times


Frequently Asked Questions - Before Baby, Labour and Birth and After Baby.

Q: Can I have my baby at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital if I do not live in the area?

A: Yes you can deliver at the trust if you are out of our geographical catchment area, your community midwifery care would normally be provided by a midwife in your local area unless you are happy to travel to appointments in which case we can arrange for you to be seen by one of our community teams. If you require consultant input during your pregnancy we will arrange for you to be seen by one of our consultants in our antenatal clinic at the trust.

Q: Where do I park, How much do I need for the carpark and does the machine give change?

A: Information relating to car parking can be found on our website. Click here for more information.

Q: Am I suitable to give birth on Waterlily?

A: This assessment would need to be made on an individual basis following an assessment of your medical and family history.

Q: Will there be students?

A: You may be asked whether you would be happy to have a student doctor, midwife or paramedic involved in your care. You do not have to accept their presence however it may be worth considering that working alongside the midwives whilst providing care is a vital part of their training. Their involvement will all depend on where in their training they are, the midwives will always work closely with the students and will always ask for your consent with regards any actions or tasks they may undertake.

Q: What do I bring in?

A: Please, ensure you have paracetamol at home ready to use as pain relief for early labour and the days following discharge. Please, do not bring lots of luggage with you onto Central Delivery Suite/Birth Centre as the space in the rooms is limited. You could consider packing a “labour” bag for you to take and to have another bag kept in the car until needed. Click here for more information.

Q: How many visitors can I have on Central Delivery Suite, Waterlily and Castleare?

A: You may have two birthing partners with you whilst you are on CDS. Due to CDS being a busy acute area, there is no swapping of birthing partners. If you are coming in for an elective caesarean section, you can have one person come in with you and accompany you into theatre. If you are coming in for Induction of Labour you will allowed one person with you until your labour is established.
On Waterlily there are no restrictions on how many birthing partners you can have, although please take into consideration the size of the rooms

Q: Does my partner have to bring food or will they be fed?

A: We advise that your partner brings refreshments or money with them as we do not provide food for partners although in the birthing centre there is the facility to make drinks and pay via an honesty jar system.

Q: Can I book a private room on the Postnatal ward?

A: Amenity private rooms are available and although cannot be booked in advance, may be requested upon your admission to hospital, subject to availability.

Q: How quickly can I go home following the birth of my baby?

A: If everything goes well and feeding establishes you can go home 6 hours following the birth however if there are any complications of concerns raised you may require to stay in for monitoring of yourself or your baby for 1-2 days on average.

Q: How will I be supported with feeding my baby?

A: We believe that all mothers and families should receive support however you decide to feed your baby. In order to make an informed choice, we offer a feeding antenatal class with a choice of venues and times, please ask your community midwife for more information or contact your local childrens centre.  We encourage all mothers to have skin to skin as soon as their baby is born, this helps keep baby warm, regulate the heart rate and breathing and is calming and reassurring for both you and your baby. It also ensures you begin to build a strong bond with your baby and stimulates your baby to want to feed, usually this process takes about an hour for your baby to show an interest in feeding. If you plan to formula feed your baby, we encourage you to feed your baby the first feed whilst holding your baby skin to skin. If you are planning to breastfeed your baby, skin to skin ensures that breastfeeding can get off to a great start, as baby begins its journey to find the breast and begin to suckle.

Q: How do I provide feedback about my care?

A:  You are able to ask any member of staff for a feedback form.

Useful Contacts:

  • Antenatal Clinic 01553 613866

  • Antenatal Screening Team 01553 613840

  • Castleacre Ward 01553 613710

  • Centeral Delivery Suite 01553 613720

  • Day Assessment Unit  01553 613904

  • Maternity Notes support - 01553 214777

  • Booking Coordinator - 01945 469259

  • Waterlily - Midwife Led Birthing Unit 01553 214635

Useful Links:

Follow us


    Link to NHS website        InTran - Translation Services        Ask Lily       Give Blood        Organ Donation        Disability Confident Employer        The NHS Constitution         Department of Health        Speak Out Safely

Web designer Kings Lynn