Monday, November 15, 2010

Hospital admits stillbirth mistakes

Reporting on the recent case in Bishop Auckland where an unborn baby died after the mother had to be transferred 12 miles by car between maternity units owing to the non-availability of an ambulance.

Significantly, the report includes the following:

"Robert Aitken, the trust’s medical director, said: “The [trust's] review [of the incident]has identified two failings. Mrs Harrison was told she was eligible to give birth at the maternity unit at Bishop Auckland General Hospital. This advice breached the unit’s own clinical guidelines. When it became clear . . . that Mrs Harrison required transfer, the unit’s guidelines say that an ambulance should have been arranged to take her there. No ambulance was requested for her."

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