The maternity unit do not have the facilities to provide amenity rooms. If a private room is needed for clinical reasons during your stay this will be discussed with your midwife.

Yes. There is also free WiFi available.

There is also a 'patient line' bedside phone service. We request that mobile phone calls are limited in respect of your neighbours and that you turn off/down your ring tone to prevent disturbances. 

No one can book the pool as you only use the pool once in established labour. You can mention when coming in that you would like to use it but if you feel very strongly that you want a pool, you may need to think about hiring one for home.


You now have a choice of where you would like to give birth to your baby. If you would like to have your baby at Darent Valley Hospital then simply complete our online self referral form.   

Due to COVID-19 partners are unable to stay overnight.

Unfortunately no we do not hold tours.

If the delivery was normal and all is well, mum and baby could go home within six hours of giving birth.

Generally, ladies who have a caesarean will go home within 18 hours or after a few days depending on how well they are. 

Who should I contact - useful telephone numbers for maternity

The unit is a teaching hospital and will have student midwives. We also support medical students. You can request not to have a student looking after you.

The hospital have several public car parks and you pay via the machines located in the hospital grounds once you have left the hospital, please remember to take your ticket with you. If you are in an urgent hurry, you can park your car temporarily outside the hospital but your car must be moved as soon as possible.