Independent review of maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
News and Updates
Donna Ockenden confirmed that the number of families involved in the maternity review now stands at 1,170 and recently issued a final call for families to come forward by the end of May.
Donna explained: “The 400 families written to today have been passed to us by the Trust for review. They are not new cases and were included in the numbers last year.”
When explaining why these additional families have been sent letters today Donna Ockenden explained: “Throughout the autumn and winter of 2018, the Trust, supported by NHS Improvement, undertook its own review of maternity care, where records existed, from the year 2007 to the end of 2018. This led to the identification of just over 330 families who at that time were not known to my maternity review team. I am now writing to those families to ask them if they would like to be included in the review. ”
Statement from Donna Ockenden, Chair of the independent review of maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust following the Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on 15th January 2019:
“I am really grateful to the brave families who have contacted my Review team since my public appeal in November, bringing the total number of families to more than 900. My team are busy speaking to every family and hearing their story. Once again, I appeal to any family with concerns about the maternity care they received at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, and who has yet to come forward, to please do so by contacting 01243 786993.”
The number of families who have contacted the independent review into maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has increased. In light of this, Donna Ockenden has today finalised the revised terms of reference for the Review in agreement with NHS England, families and the Trust.
The number of cases uncovered by a maternity review, led by Donna Ockenden at hospitals in Shropshire has more than doubled. In 2017, the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the investigation, into avoidable baby deaths at SaTH, which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal. NHS Improvement has now asked for the total of deaths, still births and babies with brain damage since 1998. It said they were not necessarily the result of sub-standard care.