Search

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

15:30 19 March 2013

Emma and Brandon Morgan

Emma and Brandon Morgan

Archant

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.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

07:00
One of the crashed cars found near Ferry Lane, Rainham

People will be killed if street racers keep performing illegal late night stunts in front of hundreds of onlookers at an industrial estate, police have warned.

Yesterday, 16:00
The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Brian Eagling with pupils at Nelmes Primary School, Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch

The pupils have embarked on a voyage of discovery after planting seeds that have been in space with astronaut Tim Peake.

Yesterday, 13:27
Josh Herdman made a successful debut in his fight on Saturday. Picture: Dan Donovan. For more visit http://www.dandonovanphoto.com/

A Harry Potter star has swapped the cloak and wand for fighting gloves as he stepped into the cage for his Mixed Martial Arts debut.

Yesterday, 10:58
Residents at Orchard Village have signed a petition to bring back Old Ford Housing under Havering Council control

A housing association has been given a deadline of three months to conduct a host of repairs following serious complaints from residents for over a year.

Yesterday, 07:00
Asset and energy support services group, Lakehouse, King George Close, Romford, was named Havering Business of the Year.

Business owners are being encouraged to step forward and take pride in their achievements by entering the Havering Business Awards 2016.

Wed, 18:00
Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House Children's Hospice, with the Mayor of Havering Cllr Brian Eagling. Photo: Mark Sepple/Haven House

The chief executive of a children’s charity has received a prestigious award from the Mayor of Havering for his long-standing services to the community.

Wed, 17:12
The Bitter End in High Street

Concerns have been raised about a disused pub becoming an eye-sore in the heart of town.

Wed, 16:30
Peter Adams completed the London Marathon, dressed as a superhero, for the King George and Queen's Hospitals Charity. Picture: King George and Queen's Hospitals Charity

Nurse Peter Adams may have battled through the pain barrier to complete Sunday’s London Marathon, but it wasn’t the only excruciating experience he has had recently.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe