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Posted 30 June 2016
by Endurance Arthur

Review finds children at Bristol Children’s Hospital Cardiac ward repeatedly given poor care


It is sad to see Bristol Royal Infirmary back in the news because of concerns about poor care afforded to very sick children with congenital cardiac problems. At Tozers we have represented a number of children who suffered immense harm, including brain damage and death as a result of substandard care for congenital cardiac problems at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

A report into the care provided at the hospital within the last 4 years found that Bristol’s paediatric intensive care unit did not have sufficient capacity to cope with the care needs of the children and this put heavy strains on families.  It is a concern that there could be a similar problem at other hospitals and NHS England has agreed to carry out a national review into paediatric intensive care services.

A separate review by the Care Quality Commission found that although care at Bristol was similar to other centres, the communication between medical staff and the parents before and after surgery was poor. It is not therefore surprising that the parents feel let down by the service.

The issues relating to whether poor care has resulted in actual permanent damage to an already sick child are complex and need to be looked carefully by those with experience of what should be done to provide appropriate care.


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About the author

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor in the medical negligence department and a member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel