Today, the independent review into Maternity Services at the Nottingham University NHS Trust was officially opened by Donna Ockenden who leads the review with a team of around 60 practicing NHS maternity experts.
Donna Ockenden previously led a review into maternity services in the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust between 2000 - 2019. The report was published in March 2022 and having considered 1,592 clinical incidents, found systematic failings by the Trust with devastating consequences for mothers, babies and their families.
That report concluded that there were 295 avoidable baby deaths or brain damage as a direct result of poor maternity care, and 9 mothers that died as a result of avoidable poor care.
This new independent review into maternity services at Nottingham University NHS Trust chaired by Donna Ockenden is expected to take 18 months to complete. The review team have made a public appeal to anyone that has serious or significant concerns about the maternity care in the Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, to contact them.
The review follows numerous concerns raised by families in respect of the maternity care at the hospital and lobbying of government ministers for a public inquiry. The Nottingham maternity services were also rated as inadequate in December 2020 by the CQC (Care and Quality commission), who found several serious concerns.
The terms of reference are awaited but Donna Ockenden has stated that the aim of the review is to make sure that the performance of maternity services at Nottingham improves as quickly as possible, in a way that means those improvements are sustained so that confidence and pride in the safety of those services is restored.
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