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Maternity Services & Hospitals – private obstetricians right at the bottom of the page

You find out you are pregnant and wonder what to do next. I remember not really having a clue. So, I went to my GP and told him I was pregnant. He asked me if I wanted to have my baby on the NHS or private, and if choosing to go with the NHS, which hospital I wanted to be referred to. He then told me briefly about the hospitals close to NW8.

NHS Options Close By

I opted for UCLH (University College Hospital) and their maternity unit at The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing (EGA) close to Euston Station as several friends of ours had had their children there and had been happy.

Close to St John’s Wood, located by Paddington Station, there is also St Mary’s Hospital (where I was hospitalised during my first pregnancy suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum[4]) and part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. There is also The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. There are of course others, but those three are the closest distance-wise.

 ** [4] Insert link to the NW8-mums website page on Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Private Options Close By

If you want to go private, there is the well-known Portland Hospital in Marylebone, and St Mary’s also have a private section called The Lindo Wing. UCLH also has a private wing, The Fitzrovia Suite, and at the time of updating this page in spring of 2022, they still only admit women opting for C-sections.

There are of course other private options, but the above are near St John’s Wood.


Private Ultrasounds

The nationally and internationally highly renowned Dr Fred Ushakov under whose care I was when at UCLH, opened his private clinic, The London Pregnancy Clinic, in spring of 2020 and I am delighted that many more pregnant women can see him now that he has his private clinic.

I went through something quite traumatic with one of my pregnancies and I am grateful to this day for Dr Fred’s sensitivity and care which ultimately played a big part in making me feel brave enough to try again. That last try resulted in my son.

The Portland Hospital, The London Women’s Clinic as well as The Fetal Medicine Centre in Harley Street also offer a range of ultrasounds and various tests.


Private Obstetricians

Below are names of obstetricians that are popular in the group. Please note that they also work at NHS hospitals.

Dr Etienne Horner – The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital

Dr Penelope Law – The Portland Hospital

Dr Raj Rai – The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital

Miss Claire Mellon – The Portland Hospital

Mr Pat O’Brien – The Fitzrovia Suite, UCLH

Dr Lorin Lakasing – The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital

To see all current consultants at the private maternity units at The Fitzrovia Suite, The Lindo Wing and The Portland Hospital please click on the respective links below.

The Fitzrovia Suite – at UCLH

The Lindo Wing – at St Mary’s Hospital

The Portland Hospital

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