Blackwater Law successfully represented the family of baby Blake in making a midwife negligence claim after the community midwife failed to notice a severe medical abnormality.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust that its maternity services must improve following inspections.
Following inspections at both Sunderland Royal Hospital and South Tyneside District Hospital, maternity services at Sunderland Royal Hospital have been rated as ‘requires improvement.’ Maternity services at South Tyneside District Hospital have remained rated as ‘good’
The inspections were carried out after concerns over safety were raised at the trust.
The inspectors found:
- One-to-one care was not being consistently provided for people in active labour, and the risks for infection, with control measures, were not being identified by the trust.
- Serious incidents were not recognised quickly, in order to be able to learn from them.
- The trust had been shown to have not taken effective action to address issues that had arisen during the last inspection.
- Medicines were not being stored properly, and sepsis was identified as a risk.
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Sarah Dronsfield, CQC deputy director of operations in the north, said:
“During our inspection of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in June, we found concerns relating to patient safety in the two services we visited, particularly around the management of risk.
We shared these concerns with the trust’s senior leadership team, the board then provided details of the immediate action that would be taken to address these concerns.”
The CQC report also highlights areas where they observed positive practices.
- Staff were committed to learning and research
- IT systems were secure
- Leaders had necessary knowledge, skills, and ability.
Have you been affected by poor care from South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust?
If you or a loved one has suffered a result of poor care administered by either Sunderland Royal Hospital or South Tyneside District Hospital, you should speak to a birth injury solicitor about your options for possible recourse.