Within the postnatal ward there are 22 beds which mainly care for postnatal mothers and babies; we also care for transitional care babies.
Almost all the babies delivered on our labour ward or theatre are admitted with their mothers to the postnatal ward for care. The exceptions are babies who are receiving treatment in the neonatal unit. We also aim to discuss possible date of discharge home on admission to the ward provided mother and baby are fit to be discharged home.
As with the other wards, the postnatal ward is staffed by a team of core midwives, nursery nurses, health care assistants, maternity support workers, breastfeeding specialists, clerical staff and house keepers, with further assistance given by student midwives. We also have obstetric team on a ward round in the morning and are called at any time of the day, if a woman requires medical attention.
Midwives care for women and their babies, including support with breastfeeding. We also have a hearing screening co-ordinator who carries out hearing tests for babies on a daily basis.
Babies are seen by a midwife who has an additional training in carrying out Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE), this can also be performed by paediatrician. A NIPE is a holistic assessment of the health and wellbeing of the new born baby. The baby is examined from top to toe by a qualified healthcare professional. It also includes: a screening examination of the heart, hips, eyes and testes in male infants. NIPE should be carried where ever the baby is in the maternity unit before the baby leaves the hospital and should be within 72 hours of birth.
Our nursery nurses have been trained to support midwives in caring for transitional care babies and also have the skills in providing infant feeding support to you and your baby. Transitional care babies are considered to be any baby requiring observations or medications which are additional to routine midwifery care of the well neonate with the support of midwives and the paediatricians. We also have neonatal doctors ward rounds to review transitional care babies and make a plan for their care.
We encourage partners and companions to be fully involved in postnatal care and have introduced an award-winning programme enabling them to stay overnight on Cellier ward. This programme is the first of its kind in inner London.
We provide reclining chairs enabling partners and companions to support women with the care of their baby. Partners and companions should bring comfortable clothes with them as well as food.
Visiting times are 3pm - 7pm every day for visitors other than partners and companions.
Please note that only children of women staying on the ward can visit and preferably visit from 3pm. Women and their partners should not be opening doors for other visitors and should not take their baby out of the ward unless they have been discharged.
Not more than 2 visitors at any time, including partners.
Partners who are staying overnight are also advised not to leave the ward between 10pm and 6am, with the exceptions of families whose babies are admitted in NICU.
One of the postnatal ward staff will hand out a BCG leaflet which, you need to read and then make an informed choice or consent about vaccinating your baby by 11am to enable the prescription to be signed by a paediatrician.
We also have health education group or midwifery discharge talk for women at around 10am and partners are also invited. Once we are satisfied that you can be discharged home we will also transfer your care to the community midwives who will usually visit you at home or see you in a children's centre.
Nicole Callender, lead midwife for maternity inpatient services
Chika Okonkwo, ward manager
Ngozi Nwauzo, ward manager
Cellier Ward, Level 4, Kenwood Wing, The Whittington Hospital, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF
Nicole Callender on 020 7288 5504 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or ward managers on 020 7288 3889