SEVEN serious incidents during labour or involving neonatal deaths were recorded at Dewsbury and District Hospital in four months, it has been revealed.
An investigation into the incidents between November 2010 and February 2011 was part of a review of women’s service which led to changes in procedures.
Last week, the Guardian told how Amy Daniels, of Liversedge, and Liam Frain, of Dewsbury, lost their two-day-old son after mistakes during his delivery at the hospital in March.
A review of baby Joseph’s case found 18 problems and several missed opportunities to prevent the injuries that ultimately resulted in his death. It highlighted problems with breaches of guidelines, interpretation of the cardiotocograph (CTG) monitoring his heart and poor recordkeeping.
But a confidential report before the Wakefield District Primary Care Trust (PCT) this week showed similar problems in the months leading to Joseph’s death.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Dewsbury hospital, refused our request to see the women’s services review.
But the PCT agenda said the cluster of seven incidents had three common themes – adherence to guidelines, documentation and interpretation of CTG.
It said one reason for the apparent increase in incidents could be improved use of a system designed to flag up potential risks.
Mid Yorkshire’s chief nurse Tracey McErlain Burns, said: “We are never complacent about patient care. We seek to be a learning organisation and have always reported and responsibly reviewed services.
“We have developed a service improvement programme which, once approved, will be monitored regularly.”
“Immediate action is always taken following the review of adverse incidents and we are revising policies and procedures and re-examining the way we provide training, such as cardiotocography (CTG) interpretation.”