I have been told I need to self refer to either of these 2 hospitals and I have no clue which to pick - online they seem ok but how do you make a choice? They don't do tours so do I just pick a name out of the hat?! Any guidance or experience would really help me out TIA
No experience of either of those two (we went to St Mary's in Paddington) but just wanted to say you don't have to choose just from those two you can go to any hospital you like (we're in Greenford so St Mary's is far from local to us)
I picked Chelsea. overall very happy with the medical care; the midwives and sonographers are great and the hospital is nice and modern. the admin is pretty appalling though, and incredibly difficult to get through on the phone. I think they are just too busy. (but I suspect you'll find that everywhere, at least until the government finally realises what is a priority and gives them proper funding...!)
plus the shop has "made in Chelsea" babygros, I mean, how could you resist?!?
I had my daughter at the birth centre in Queen Charlotte's three years ago, not sure what the maternity ward/birth suite bit itself is like there but the birth centre was absolutely lovely, I felt really well looked after and the staff we really good - supportive enough to help when needed but not so much that it felt intrusive after she was born.
I had actually hoped to make it to C&W for her birth (just because as a hospital it just seemed nicer) but QC&C is nearer to me and my daughter was in a rush to make an appearance so we ended up there instead.
Also, forgot to mention that I think you do get a tour a bit later (not sure how far along you are?), we had a tour around 30 weeks I think, and if you don't like it I'm fairly sure they let you request a different hospital as long as there's still time to transfer your notes etc x