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Children’s hospital ‘let down by parents’

Following the Independent Review of Children’s Cardiac Services in Bristol, NHS England pledged to ensure that “a consistent level of care is available for every patient in every part of the country”.

Good Morning Britain…”We’re joined by Faye Valentine, whose son Luke passed away following a heart procedure, and Rachel Pacua, whose son Jack has been left with permanent brain damage after open heart surgery, both at Bristol Hospital.

We’ve been fighting for four years” – both mothers are demanding justice after the hospital admitted the failing was the fault of the staff, but only in private.

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Luke Jenkins died at Bristol Children’s Hospital

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Children let down by Bristol hospital’s ‘poor care’

Families at Bristol Children’s Hospital were let down by over-stretched staff and poor communication, according to an independent review of its cardiac service published today (Thursday 30 June).

It also found hospital management had been unnecessarily defensive in response to criticism, which had created an atmosphere of distrust between families and the hospital. The Bristol Review, commissioned by NHS England, was prompted by the unexplained deaths of ten children between 2012 and 2014. All of them had recently had cardiac surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The review found there had been an over-reliance on agency nursing staff, who lacked the skills to deal with such seriously ill children. Time was in short supply too; on occasion nurses were so rushed that parents had to remind them to serve their children meals.

Taking evidence from over 200 families, the review found that prior to a Care Quality Commission inspection in 2012, senior managers had no idea there were serious problems in the cardiac service.

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Report author Eleanor Grey QC and consultant adviser Sir Ian Kennedy.

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Family who lost son speak of ‘toxic culture’ at Bristol Children’s Hospital

Bosses at Bristol Children’s Hospital presided over a “toxic culture” in which risks were taken with children’s lives, according to the parents of a young boy who died following heart surgery.

Yolanda Turner accused the board of the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust of overseeing poor standards in care on Ward 32 – a specialist cardiac unit – at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Her son Sean died aged four in March 2012 from a brain haemorrhage after previously suffering a cardiac arrest while on the ward following complex heart surgery.

Mrs Turner, from Warminster, Wiltshire criticised the trust ahead of the publication of the independent inquiry into cardiac services at the children’s hospital. “We hope that the Bristol Review will enable the trust board to be held to account for their failures to provide a service that fell well below acceptable standards,” she said.

“They were basically putting staff in a position of risk and safety and taking risks with children’s lives. The trust board will have to be held to account for that. “We’ve said all along this board has a very toxic culture and they are not open and honest with families and that all needs to change. “We are hoping that major changes will come about from the Review which will make that hospital a much safer place. “The whole purpose of our public fight and our campaign has been to ensure that changes are made and that no other child has suffer what Sean went through.

“It is important for us to be believed because we felt very much that we weren’t believed and people had that opinion that you lost a child so you are bitter and you want to blame somebody but that really hasn’t been the case at all. “We were frightened about what happened to Sean and we were afraid for other children that were using the unit and our fears have been proven because other children have now followed.”

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Steve and Yolanda Turner, the parents of Sean Turner, arrive at Flax Bourton Coroners Court, near Bristol. 13th January 2014. See SWNS story SWHEART; An inquest has started today into the death of a four-year-old boy who was being cared for at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital. Spider-Man fan Sean Turner passed away on March 15, 2012, after a heart operation. Before the procedure the popular lad had excitedly told his friends doctors were going to “mend his heart”. For Sean’s parents, Yolanda and Steve, the agony does not ease but they are hoping the evidence heard at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court will provide them with some answers about what, if anything, went wrong in the case of their beloved son. Sean was born with his heart on the right side of his body and blocked arteries between his heart and lungs.

Yolanda and Steve Turner are awaiting Thursday’s review

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