The emerging findings of the Ockenden Review into Maternity Services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, have been published today.

Launched in 2017, the Ockenden review has so far investigated 250 out of the 1,832 cases which have been referred to it, meeting with families affected by maternity care at the Trust between 2000 and 2018.

The review of maternity care at the Trust was prompted by concerns raised in relation to the deaths of babies and mothers whilst in its care and the findings reveal a catalogue of failings such as poor monitoring of babies, failures to investigate baby deaths and poor treatment of the babies’ families.

At this stage, the review has identified seven ‘immediate and essential actions’ which it requests are implemented at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, and recommends that they are also considered by all maternity units across the country.

These seven actions ‘to improve care and safety in maternity services’ address the following themes:

• Enhanced safety
• Listening to women and families
• Staff training and working together
• Managing complex pregnancy
• Risk Assessment throughout pregnancy
• Monitoring fetal well-being
• Informed Consent

Donna Ockenden, the senior midwife leading the review was reported by the BBC as commenting that the above actions should ‘improve maternity care, not just at this Trust (SaTH) but across England so that the experiences women and families have described to us are not replicated elsewhere.’

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