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Childbirth: Greater London

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women gave birth at (a) Barnet Hospital, (b) the Royal Free Hospital, (c) Northwick Park Hospital and (d) Chase Farm Hospital in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (296587)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your request Parliamentary question asking how many women gave birth at (a) Barnet Hospital, (b) the Royal Free Hospital, (c) Northwick Park Hospital and (d) Chase Farm Hospital in each of the last three years. (296587)

Figures for maternities by hospital have been compiled from birth registration data. The table below shows the number of maternities in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for the four hospitals requested, according to registration data. Information on place of birth is provided by the informant at registration rather than by the hospitals themselves.

Maternities1 occurring in selected hospitals, 2006 to 2008

Hospital

2006

2007

2008

Barnet Hospital (including Victoria Ward)

3,188

3,246

3,097

Royal Free Hospital

3,209

3,305

3,335

Northwick Park Hospital

4,272

4,740

4,768

Chase Farm Hospital

2,959

3,015

3,109

1A maternity is a confinement resulting in the birth of one or more live-born or stillborn children.