What we do
We are one of London’s leading maternity hospitals and care for more than 6,000 mothers and babies each year. We provide all aspects of obstetric and midwifery care, from before conception and before birth (antenatal) to birth and after delivery (postnatal).
Our expert team of midwives and doctors works hard to give you the care and support you need to have a safe and satisfying birth. Every woman has her own ideas about how she would like her baby to be born – whether at home or in hospital – and we do our best to help you to achieve this. Find out more about our facilities and the care we provide by viewing our Guide to King's Maternity Services.
Are you pregnant and want to have your baby with King's?
You do not have to wait to see your GP before contacting us. Check the list of postcodes on the 'Referring to this service' tab on this page to see if you live in our catchment area, then fill in our antenatal self-referral form. Women who live outside this area will also be considered.
Antenatal care (before the birth)
This is provided by the midwifery team caring for women in your local area, alongside your GP or obstetrician. During your pregnancy they will see you regularly to make sure you and your baby are well. Your care includes routine health checks such as blood tests and other screenings. Your screening options are explained in a screening information leaflet, which is produced by Public Health England and available in several languages. We also provide care if screening finds you have an infectious disease, including Hepatitis B, HIV or syphilis.
We recommend you make a birth plan with your wishes for labour and birth. Your midwife can help you with this.
Clinic and scan locations
Check your appointment letter to see where to go for your appointments, because these are held at a variety of locations. This includes GP surgeries, health centres, and a number of buildings on the King's site. Ultrasound (nuchal) scans take place in the Harris Birthright Centre, in the Fetal Medicine Research Institute. Buildings on the hospital site are shown on the King's campus map.
If you need urgent advice and are: pregnant and currently receiving care at King's; have just given birth at King's; or have had a home birth with King's:
- Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm: contact the midwifery team leading your care.
- Out of hours: contact the Nightingale Birth Centre.
Where to give birth
You can choose to give birth:
- in the Nightingale Birth Centre at King’s
- at home with the help of our community-based midwives, if you live in King’s catchment area.
Giving birth at King’s
Our newly expanded Maternity Department is on the third and fourth floors of the Golden Jubilee Wing and includes the Nightingale Birth Centre. Our facilities include 10 labour rooms, operating theatres, recovery rooms and a high dependency unit (HDU).
Midwife-led birthing suite: We have two midwife-led birthing rooms, each with a birthing pool and their own shower and toilet, where we have created a ‘home from home’ feel for mums. See the leaflet below for more information.
Babies who need special care are looked after in the Neonatal Unit by our specialist team.
Anthony Nolan umbilical cord blood donation
If you give birth at King's, you can help save the life of someone with blood cancer by donating your umbilical cord blood after you give birth. It is risk free for you and your baby, and won’t interfere with your delivery or birth plan. For more information including how to sign up, see the Anthony Nolan website.
After the birth (postnatal)
If everything has gone well we encourage you to go home within a few hours. We will give you emergency contact numbers to call if you have any worries. If you or your baby needs to stay in hospital you will be transferred to one of our wards.
Our care does not stop once you are at home. When you leave King’s you should have a visit from your community midwife within 24 hours. They will plan visits with you over the next 10 days. If you live outside King’s area your details will be passed to your local community midwives who will take over your care. If you would like support with breastfeeding, check out the Lambethmilkspots Facebook page for up to date information about breastfeeding cafes and drop-in sessions in Lambeth and Southwark. We also offer feeding support at our postnatal clinics on Thursdays and Sundays.
If you'd like to help us improve our maternity care and facilities, join the Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC).
Fourth floor, Golden Jubilee Wing, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
- Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 3246
- Harris Birthright Centre: +44 (0)20 3299 3246
- Infant Feeding Specialist Midwife: +44 (0)20 3299 2659
- Neonatal Unit: +44 (0)20 3299 3553
- Nightingale Birth Centre: +44 (0)20 3299 3222
Patient Information Leaflets
Conditions we treat
We offer a full range of care, including:
- midwife booking clinics
- follow-up clinics led by midwives
- consultant-led clinics
- care for women with complications
- care for women with mental health issues
- care for women with substance misuse problems
- a home birth service.
We encourage antenatal care to be based in the community where possible. Hospital-based midwife and consultant-led clinics are held Monday to Friday in Suite 8, 3rd floor, Golden Jubilee Wing and the Midwives' House on Coldharbour Lane. Some midwife clinics are also held on a Saturday.
Nuchal scanning takes place in the Harris Birthright Centre. Please see the booking information below before requesting a booking appointment.
If the woman has been booked in the community and a nuchal scan is required, please send the request using the Antenatal Booking form, stating which community midwifery team the women is booked under.
- Antenatal clinic reception/appointments, tel 020 3299 3246
- Antenatal booking and nuchal scan appointments, tel 020 3299 8131
- Midwives Office, tel 020 3299 3246, option 2
King's Maternity Service catchment area
This service is offered to women living in the following postcodes in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham:
- SW2, SW4, SW8, SW9, SW16
- SE1, SE4, SE5, SE11, SE14, SE15, SE16, SE17, SE19, SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SE25, SE26, SE27
Women who live outside this catchment area will also be considered.
Booking a patient at King's
GPs can refer for all clinics using the referral form at the bottom of the page. Email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Women can self-refer by submitting the online antenatal self-referral form. They should not complete the GP Antenatal referral form.
Email the GP Antenatal referral form to email@example.com. You can also telephone the office on 020 3299 3246 to confirm receipt and an expected appointment date if required, though the administration staff may need to liaise with the midwives before they can confirm a date.
If there is a suspected problem with the pregnancy and the women is:
- less than 16 weeks pregnant, refer the women to the Early Pregnancy And Gynaecology Assessment Unit (EPAGAU)
- 16 weeks or more pregnant, refer to the Maternal Assessment Unit (MAU). Referrals for MAU can be self-referral, or made by the GP or midwife.
In an emergency, please refer the patient straight to the Emergency Department.
For any other queries, contact 020 3299 3246.
Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:
Key Clinical Staff
|Dr Sadia Bhatti||Obstetric Consultant Lead for Postnatal Care|
|Miss Jemma Johns||Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist|
|Dr Nick Kametas||Consultant in Maternal-Foetal Medicine and Obstetrics|
|Dr Devi Subramanian||Consultant in Obstetrics and Foetal Medicine|