Visiting restrictions - essential visitors only

To help us keep our patients, staff and visitors safe, stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and keep our hospitals running, we are restricting visiting to essential visitors only – click here for more information


If you have any concerns around your pregnancy please call our Triage Helpline
Tel: (01323) 413771

Update on maternity provision during Covid-19

We have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the homebirth service and births at Eastbourne Midwifery Unit (EMU) to ensure a safe service for women and babies during the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, all deliveries will take place in the obstetric unit at Conquest Hospital, Hastings.

A key factor in this decision is that the ambulance service is under considerable pressure and cannot guarantee a timely response to calls for transfer to the maternity unit in an emergency from a homebirth or the EMU. This would present an unacceptable risk to mothers and their babies.

All of our midwives are skilled and experienced in natural birth provision. Conquest Hospital has a water birth room and birth rooms designed for promoting natural births. Conquest hospital obstetric unit has its own dedicated entrance to ensure that mothers do not have to go through the main hospital.

This is temporary suspension is in place from Monday 30th March, and is likely to last for at least 12 weeks but will be reviewed at the earliest opportunity.

We care for women and their babies, during pregnancy, labour, birth and up until one month after birth.

Our midwives provide midwifery-led care in a number of settings, including local General Practitioner (GP) surgeries, children’s centres and within our hospitals at:

A home birth service is available dependent upon an individual assessment and neonatal services at Conquest Hospital.

Over 6,000 outpatient appointments take place each year within the department and our hospitals are teaching hospitals so we involve students with all aspects of care.

Your experience of pregnancy and birth really matters to us, and we will do all we can to provide the best possible care for you, your partner and your baby, within the hospital, community and home settings.

We are committed to personalised care and will try to meet your wishes so far as it is safely possible.

These pages provide general information about our services and include video tours of Conquest Hospital Maternity Unit and Eastbourne Midwifery Unit which guide you through your pregnancy journey.

Coronavirus infection and pregnancy

Please see information on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website:


Obstetric and Gynaecology Consultants and SAS doctors

Ms Russul Abdul Ghani

Associate Specialist - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Mr David Chui

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Mr Elhami Ebeid

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Mr Hosam El Halwagy

Consultant - Urogynaecologist and Urogynaecology Unit Lead

Dr Bahei Mahmoud Zaki Elbahei Desouki

Specialty Doctor - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Nidhal Jabbur

Associate Specialist - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Miss Nirmala Murthy

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Ms Mini Nair

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Mr Dexter Pascall

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Nicole Roberts

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Hossein Shafie-Pour

Specialty Doctor - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Padma Sriram

Specialty Doctor - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Nalini Subashchandran

Specialty Doctor - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Angeli Thallon

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Miss Basirat Towobola

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Uro-gynae)

Mr Waleed Yousef

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Mr Jamal Zaidi

Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Seema Zulfikar

Specialty Doctor - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Conquest Hospital

Eastbourne DGH


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has launched a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the CQC amongst women who are pregnant, planning to have a baby, are looking to become pregnant, or have recently used maternity services in England. They want more women to be aware that if they’re pregnant and choosing where to have a baby, they should be able to choose the right birth plan, and that CQC resources – inspection reports and rating, are there to help make that decision.

Consumer research the CQC recently commissioned has highlighted low awareness among new mothers of their inspection reports and the information they can provide on the quality of care provided by maternity services across the country.

The CQC objectives are to encourage more women to:

  • Use the free, independent CQC inspection reports to compare maternity services near them
  • If they’ve recently had a baby to share their experiences with CQC, whether good or bad

More information about the CQC campaign can be found on their web page:

We provide this service at

Conquest Hospital

The Ridge, St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7RD
0300 131 4500

Eastbourne District General Hospital

Kings Drive, Eastbourne
East Sussex, BN21 2UD
0300 131 4500