Hull hospital apology over errors

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Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A Hull hospital has apologised to a woman whose stillborn baby could have survived in good health, but for a catalogue of errors by its staff.

Medical specialists arrived at this conclusion after an investigation into the tragic death on July 10, 2011.

Hull Royal Infirmary’s officials have apologised to the woman and paid £25,000 in compensation, after hospital staff repeatedly sent her home.

They deemed the woman’s pregnancy “low risk”, even though she sustained a haemorrhage shortly before the baby was due.

The unnamed woman, aged 18 back then, repeatedly visited the hospital suffering with bleeding and pain from May 31.

Solicitor Hayley Collinson said staff had given no inkling to her that the girl could have been born healthily until the investigation. Specialists found that earlier inducement could have made this the case.

The infirmary examined the woman, who has since given birth to a baby boy, on July 5 after her haemorrhage. Their ultrasound scans detected a heartbeat.

This resulted in specialists concluding that the infant would have arrived in “good condition” if the hospital had induced her before the July 8 due date. She was sent home, only to return on July 9.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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