Warrington Hospital maternity ward claims 'a whitewash'

Warrington Hospital maternity ward claims 'a whitewash'

Warrington Hospital maternity ward claims 'a whitewash'

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A FURIOUS family have described the reasons hospital chiefs gave for increased levels of monitoring on the maternity ward as a ‘falsification’.

The Warrington Guardian reported last week panicked parents had called for answers after suddenly being told women in labour will have to be constantly strapped to monitors and water births are highly unlikely for the next six weeks.

Mums were told the continuous monitoring had been brought in after a ‘small trend of lower birth weights’ but the family of a woman whose baby was stillborn on March 7 have hit out over the claims.

The mother of the woman involved, who does not wish to be named, said: “The policy has been changed because my daughter was not monitored in late labour and sent home having two-minute contractions.

“She had to be carried to the car by her partner as she could not walk and returned afterwards carried in by four midwives before the baby was delivered stillborn.

“When the Warrington Guardian story broke my daughter received a call from the head of midwifery telling her that the procedure has now been changed regarding sending mums home and monitoring the babies in labour.

“My daughter and her partner are incensed at the hospital claiming there was no particular reason for the policy change when the midwifery head said it was due to my daughter’s situation.”

The family have also claimed to have been told three other official complaints have been made recently over stillbirths at the hospital.

The mum added: “I am just furious that the hospital can deny anything is wrong.

“It is a whitewash.”

A hospital spokesman said around 70 babies have been born since extra monitoring had been brought in and the majority of mums reacted ‘favorably’.

Karen Dawber, director of nursing at the hospitals, said: “We see offering monitoring as a way that we can provide an informed choice to our women.

“As we have said, we have seen a trend with more potential complications than we would expect in labour.

“Our response in enhancing monitoring is in place for the right reasons and that is to ensure the best outcome for mum and baby.

“We did contact women who have lost a baby in recent months to explain about the decision as we felt that was the right thing to do as part of the ongoing support that we provide.

"Our still birth rates locally are lower than the national average but any time a baby is lost it is a tragedy and we look closely at every case.

"We provide extremely safe care in what it a very good maternity service that serves over 3,100 women each year and recently received the highest accreditation for our management of risk in the unit.”

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7:33am Thu 20 Mar 14

Northernsoul1 says...

Whilst any stillbirth or death of an infant is sad and to be avoided if possible. We all need to learn from the past and make use of new advances and procedures. I applaud this hospital for what it is doing and offering mothers to be and their babies. This is not a time for recriminations it is a time to move to better care and safety for these women.
Whilst any stillbirth or death of an infant is sad and to be avoided if possible. We all need to learn from the past and make use of new advances and procedures. I applaud this hospital for what it is doing and offering mothers to be and their babies. This is not a time for recriminations it is a time to move to better care and safety for these women. Northernsoul1
  • Score: 19

8:14am Thu 20 Mar 14

Paris says...

Continued care and compassion is needed too.
Continued care and compassion is needed too. Paris
  • Score: 18

4:39pm Thu 20 Mar 14

alipop1 says...

continuous monitoring increases the chances of intervention, epidural, caesarean section….then all of the risks that come with the interventions.

surely the issue here is not sending women home, who should be having care.
continuous monitoring increases the chances of intervention, epidural, caesarean section….then all of the risks that come with the interventions. surely the issue here is not sending women home, who should be having care. alipop1
  • Score: -10

6:21pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Hola kitty says...

Hmm seems my comment has been deleted.....
Hmm seems my comment has been deleted..... Hola kitty
  • Score: -5

7:35pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Soph4496 says...

Sorry. Northernsoul this is EXACTLY the time for recriminations. The people of Warrington will not stand for poor quality care and it is a case of too little too late as far as the bereaved parents are concerned
Sorry. Northernsoul this is EXACTLY the time for recriminations. The people of Warrington will not stand for poor quality care and it is a case of too little too late as far as the bereaved parents are concerned Soph4496
  • Score: -11

7:53pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Hola kitty says...

Soph4496
I did put something along those lines but unfortunately for reasons unknown my comment was deleted :-(
Soph4496 I did put something along those lines but unfortunately for reasons unknown my comment was deleted :-( Hola kitty
  • Score: -1

5:50pm Sun 23 Mar 14

james_75 says...

wow lot of negative scored comments here. strange that first 2 comments are supporting the maternity wing so aggressively after this story was publish. ermm i am sure there is much more going on here
wow lot of negative scored comments here. strange that first 2 comments are supporting the maternity wing so aggressively after this story was publish. ermm i am sure there is much more going on here james_75
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Soph4496 says...

Yes James. Believe me.....there is a lot more going on here and the truth will out. It will not be swept under the carpet. Just wish I could say more but for legal reasons it will have to wait.
Yes James. Believe me.....there is a lot more going on here and the truth will out. It will not be swept under the carpet. Just wish I could say more but for legal reasons it will have to wait. Soph4496
  • Score: -3

6:47pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Hola kitty says...

You are so right about the negative marking of comments. I'm not saying that people don't have good experiences at Warrington, I'm sure they do. The main point of the comment that I had deleted (which was not controversial at all) is that women shouldn't be sent home without correct monitoring and examination.
Sits back, prepares for negative rating of comment and/or deletion!
You are so right about the negative marking of comments. I'm not saying that people don't have good experiences at Warrington, I'm sure they do. The main point of the comment that I had deleted (which was not controversial at all) is that women shouldn't be sent home without correct monitoring and examination. Sits back, prepares for negative rating of comment and/or deletion! Hola kitty
  • Score: -2

1:21pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Soph4496 says...

Try asking questions, quite rightly, on their fb page. Gets deleted. Only nice opinions apply. What happened to free speech?
Try asking questions, quite rightly, on their fb page. Gets deleted. Only nice opinions apply. What happened to free speech? Soph4496
  • Score: -6

5:04pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Soph4496 says...

I see the NHS employees and management are busy clicking the thumbs down on all the honest commemts lol. So obvious.
I see the NHS employees and management are busy clicking the thumbs down on all the honest commemts lol. So obvious. Soph4496
  • Score: -2

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