Maternity services are failing parents, according to a coroner.
An inquest into the death of a baby has uncovered “undoubted failings” in post-natal care at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.
Although the coroner wasn’t able to determine to what extent the failures contributed to baby Teddy’s death in November 2020, Nottingham Trent Universities Hospital Trust (NUHT) has accepted that there were “systematic failings” and “misunderstandings”.
Sadie Simpson, from our sister company Switalksis Solicitors, who is representing Teddy’s family, said: “The conclusion into Teddy’s death has confirmed that there were undoubtedly failings in Teddy’s care and that the trust accepted that they failed to follow national and trust guidelines.
“There were systematic failings and senior leadership should have ensured guidelines were embedded in practice.
“There were concerns that there was a misunderstanding of the guidelines by the midwives. This misunderstanding had been going on for five years.
“Knowledge of the failings has been devastating for the family.”
In June this year an investigation by Channel 4 found that at least 46 babies had suffered brain damage and 19 were stillborn at Nottingham University Hospitals between 2010 and 2020. There had also been 15 deaths involving mothers and babies.
One parent, whose daughter was stillborn at one of the trust’s hospitals in 2016 called for an independent inquiry as she doesn’t believe the trust is being open or honest.
Sarah Hawkins’ daughter Harriet died before she took her first breath, but it took the trust 159 days to commission an external review into Harriet’s case.
Tracy Taylor, chief executive for the trust apologised to the bereaved families and said that improving maternity services was a top priority for the trust.
Have you been affected?
There are ongoing independent investigations into the trust and we would urge other parents whose babies have died or been injured to make sure their voices are heard. This is the only way that the services can be properly reviewed and these tragic deaths can be investigated fully.
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