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Queen’s Hospital, Romford, ‘should have reported serious incident to CQC’

15:30 19 March 2013

Emma and Brandon Morgan

Emma and Brandon Morgan

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it will consider the case of a baby left brain damaged due to alleged mistakes during a pregnancy overseen by Romford’s Queen’s Hospital in July.

Solicitor Sarah Harman, of Hodge Jones & Allen, said Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) should have reported the case as a serious incident to the inspectors.

Emma Morgan’s baby Brandon will be severely brain damaged for life after being born at the Rom Valley Way hospital last June.

But BHRUT says it followed appropriate medical practice in the case.

The CQC is monitoring the quality of care at the hospital’s maternity department and said in January that is had improved.

Emma, 30, was considered a high risk pregnancy after being diagnosed with a medical condition during a previous birth.

She explained that on June 19th, when she was seven months pregnant, she started getting stomach pains.

“They said I wasn’t in labour and to come back the following day. I went home about 10.30pm and by 5am I was in so much pain that I collapsed on the floor and was rushed to hospital.”

She believes that if offered a scan at the time, doctors would have seen that her baby had become separated from the placenta, cutting off oxygen to his brain.

She also says she was left waiting in the hospital for around four hours before being seen.

Baby Brandon was born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy, and is experiencing problems with his vision.

Emma said: “It makes me feel really disgusted. At first I didn’t think anyone was to blame, but this could have been prevented, and now Brandon will always need round the clock care.”

The incident was not reported to the CQC and the body says it will now consider what happened in the case.

BHRUT’s medical director, Dr Mike Gill, said: “The trust is confident that it followed good medical practice and gave appropriate treatment.

“A post-birth review confirmed that the care and treatment met all accepted medical practices, and therefore there was no need to declare an incident and inform the Care Quality Commission.

“The trust has been contacted by the family’s solicitors and we have been working with them to provide all the information they have requested.”

He added: “We have made significant changes to our maternity services over the past two years. The CQC recognised these changes in January when their latest report said: “Queen’s Hospital has made a range of improvements and the care of women has improved.”

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