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Mother gave birth in her bedroom after being ‘turned away’ from hospital

A FURIOUS mum is suing health chiefs over claims they turned her away from a maternity unit because “they needed the beds”

Kerry Symington was in labour and her waters had broken when midwives at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital rejected her pleas to be allowed into the hospital’s labour suite. She went home in tears and immediately had her fourth child in her bedroom.

It was delivered by partner Andrew Cairns and paramedics, but she suffered massive complications. She haemorrhaged and lost so much blood she had to be placed on a long-term course of iron tablets afterwards.

The “traumatic” episode has now prompted Kerry to sue for damages. “I want to prevent this happening to other mums,” the 30-year-old said. “It is only a matter of time before someone dies.”

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https://www.sundaypost.com/news/scottish-news/mother-gave-birth-bedroom-turned-away-hospital/

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Kerry Symington and daughter, Lacey

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Tragic infant died following delayed Caesarean delivery caused by hospital IT blunder

Inquest hears how devastated Natasha and Sean Butler lost baby Spencer following catalogue of ‘missed opportunities’ at Royal Oldham hospital

An infant was delivered tragically late after an IT blunder at a major maternity unit, an inquest heard. Natasha and Sean Butler lost their baby Spencer after a catalogue of errors and “missed opportunities” at the Royal Oldham Hospital in May 2014. And the devastated Oldham couple suffered further distress when they accidentally received a letter congratulating them on the birth just days after he had died.

Spencer was one of seven baby deaths at the centre of an investigation into two maternity units ran by Penine Acute Trust. Medical staff from the Royal Oldham Hospital wept as they gave evidence at an inquest into Spencer’s death on Wednesday. The court heard how Mr and Mrs Butler’s concerns about their unborn child were ignored over four days by busy medical staff on Royal Oldham’s maternity unit.

The mum-to-be was already 42 weeks pregnant when admitted on May 16 – yet she repeatedly went hours without being examined by a doctor.

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/tragic-infant-died-following-delayed-10072341

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NHS scandal: 1,000 babies die a year due to ‘shocking’ standards – costing us £1 BILLION

CAMPAIGNERS have slammed the NHS after “shocking” figures revealed that more than 1,000 babies were killed in maternity units last year.

Officials paid just under £1billion to settle 1,316 claims of negligence, including maimed babies – up from £488 million 10 years ago.  James Titcombe, whose son Joshua died nine days after his birth in 2008, condemned the NHS for not “leaning from mistakes”  He said: “That we’re spending £1billion is absolutely shocking. “There should be no room for failing to learn, yet the system that we have at the moment is woefully inadequate.” A police investigation into Joshua’s death was widened to include 18 other premature deaths at the same maternity unit.

Death rates in Britain vary from 5.4 to 7.1 per 1,000 births, with experts urging the worst performing areas to investigate wrongdoings.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/583400/NHS-maternity-midwife-stillbirth-James-Titcombe-health-babies-dead

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NHS probes death of newborn babies cared for by private maternity firm

An investigation has been launched into the deaths of newborn babies cared for by a private maternity firm. The company, One to One Midwives, is being investigated by NHS England after the stillborn births of two babies. GPs across the region have been asked not to refer parents to the Warrington-based service while an investigation led by Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group is ongoing.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-probes-death-newborn-babies-4515630?

 

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