Hi there, had my last baby at St Thomas'. If you are so close it might be worth asking your GP to send a referral request ASAP to see what they say.
I'm now booked at Kingston this time round, and I was told they were extremely busy and I'd be lucky to get accepted as I was out of area, but my GP sent a request and it was fine. This was just a few months ago.
Aah, I'm having my C/S tomorrow at Kingston but will be discharged back to the George's midwives (who I must say have always been lovely) and HV's... Both times I've started my care with George's, then switched - must be giving them a complex!
I am opposite side of the catchment area for Tommy's (Greenwich)and the practice seems to be that if you are high risk and want a referral it is not a problem but they resist taking straightforward cases from out of area due to capacity issues (I think they expect to deliver aroung 6,500 babies this year).
I was referred by my GP with no issues - it was done at about 16/17 weeks. I had no risk factors, I think if they have space they'll take you. I was also just out of catchment, I should have been at Kings. Good luck.
I'm 6 weeks, live just outside their catchment area and my GP referral has just been rejected because they're full. Same thing happened with dd1 at 7mths (I'd just moved into area and needed to transfer). I called and spoke to Head Midwife and explained all the reasons I wanted St T's...midwife-led care, not heard one good thing about my local (Lewisham) and she relented and let me in. Am going to try same again. Otherwise I thing it's King's for me, but that's a consultant-led unit and looks like a bugger to get to from where I work
schmostin, not sure how old your dd1 is now but reports about Lewisham have been better lately - they were threatened with closure last year if they didn't improve and will be opening a midwife led unit though not sure when that comes on stream.
Thanks lizzytee. Just spoke to a friend who had her first at Lewisham. She's having second there too, and has put my mind at rest a bit. Think I'll go for it and try and transfer later if I'm not happy. Good luck EldonAve.
HTH, am aware of how difficult it is to make decisions like this. Both my pregnancies have been high risk, which tends to mean better care so I'm a bit loath to make recommendations based on my own experience, as it is so subjective.