Low Levels of Staff at Royal Derby Hospital Contributed to Baby’s Death

Low Levels of Staff at Royal Derby Hospital Contributed to Baby’s Death

A recent report has concluded that a lack of staff at the Royal Derby Hospital was partially responsible for the death of a baby in March 2012.
Amy Wray gave birth to her stillborn daughter Georgina at the hospital and the investigation into Georgia’s death found that staffing levels on the labour ward were “below minimum levels” at the time and that the labour ward was “busy” and communication between staff was “poor.”
Mrs Wray and her husband Michael are suing the hospital in negligence.
Amy was admitted to hospital on 15th March 2012 for an induction when she was 12 days past her due date.
She said that staff shortages meant that there was a delay in performing the induction and she was admitted to a ward overnight.
They told Mrs Wray that due to short staff it would not be safe to induce at that time.
Mrs Wray told the BBC:
“The NHS gets a lot of negative press and I don’t think most of the time it deserves it. But we were just left.”
They began the induction on 16th March at 06:00 BST and following that her waters broke.
In the afternoon Mrs Wray’s midwife left her to attend another birth.
“At this point the pains were getting quite severe” she told the BBC. “There was nobody there to give any care.
“At about 16.45 my husband ran out to grab anybody because I was on my hands and knees in so much pain.”
Mrs Wray said that a nursing sister came into her room and was unable to find a heartbeat.
Mrs Wray then had to have a caesarean section but Georgina wasn’t breathing.
“They tried to resuscitate her but it was too little too late.” Said Mrs Wray.
A hospital investigation report into the incident said that if Mrs Wray was monitored better problems could have been identified earlier.
The shortage of staff was down to sickness and maternity leave of staff and this meant that there were not enough midwives on duty.
The report highlighted that there was confusion surrounding whether Mrs Wray’s difficult pregnancy should have been classed as a high or low-risk case.
The BBC reported that Cathy Winfield Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience said: “On behalf of Derby Hospitals I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Mrs Wray’s family.”
“A full investigation has been undertaken. However we are unable to comment any further at the stage as legal proceedings are under way.”

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