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Lost opportunities led to baby's death

Joshua died a few days after being born. Credit: ITV Anglia.

An inquest into the death of a baby born at Milton Keynes General Hospital has concluded that if he had been delivered sooner, it is highly liked he would have survived.

Joshua Burr's mother Nicola was induced in March 2014, but when that failed she was sent home. When Joshua was born a few days later he suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

The coroner said there were lost opportunities to assess the situation and do a Caesarean section in the days before the birth.

A lawyer for the family said that whilst the case was heartbreaking, it will hopefully prevent similar cases happening in the future.

“This is a truly heartbreaking case – Nicola and Neil were looking forward to being parents for the first-time to their twins.

“The findings of the Serious Untoward Incident report carried out by the NHS Trust and the independent report by a medical expert are extremely concerning as they highlight several issues with fetal monitoring and management of multiple gestations and Joshua is also one of five young babies who died at the hospital which are currently being investigated.

“We hope that the recommendations are taken into account by the NHS Trust and steps are taken to ensure lessons are learnt from this tragedy.”

– Kate Major, specialist medical negligence lawyer, Irwin Mitchell

The hospital says it has since made significant changes to improve how babies are monitored, and communication between staff.

Man missing from hospital

Paul Doherty Credit: Essex Police

Essex police are warning people not to approach a man who's been missing from a hospital near Basildon. 49 year old Paul Doherty was allowed out of the Runwell Hospital at Wickford on day leave on Sunday but didn't return.

Police are concerned as he needs regular medication which he doesn't have with him, they say he may become violent

Missing man found

CCTV of Clifford Heard leaving hospital Credit: Essex Police

An eighty one year old man who went missing from hospital in Chelmsford has been found safe and well.

Clifford Heard left Broomfield Hospital on Friday without being formerly discharged and the police appealed for the public's help in finding him.

Hospitals in the East 'ran out of beds', says report

Three of the region's hospitals were so full last month they had virtually no beds available.

According to a new report, the average occupancy rate for hospitals across the country was 95 per cent.

In January, Ipswich hospital did not have a single bed available for 21 days. At the James Paget in Great Yarmouth there were no beds available for 18 days and at Northampton hospital they were at full capacity for 13 days.

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Hospital pet scheme

Experts say contact with pets can be beneficial to some patients Credit: Press Association

Pet owners in Norfolk and Suffolk are being asked to volunteer to take their dogs and cats into hospitals to visit patients in mental health wards.

Experts say contact with an animal can be beneficial, can alleviate depression and give patients something to look forward to.

Hospital admits health and safety breaches

Basildon University Hospital Credit: PA Archive

Basildon Hospital bosses have admitted a series of health and safety breaches which led to the death of two people from Legionnaires Disease.

The hospital was accused of making 'inappropriate' cost cutting measures in chemically treating the hospital's water systems at Chelmsford Magistrates Court today. The case will go to Chelmsford Crown Court in March for sentencing.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust could face fines of up to £100,000.

Concern growing for missing patient

Police searching for a patient who's gone missing from Clacton Hospital say they're growing increasingly concerned for his safety. 66 year old David Royle had been in hospital for two months and was on a home visit when he disappeared.

He was last seen on Friday in the Boley Drive area of the town. Officers say there's been no sign of him since despite an extensive search, and are asking the public to help them find him.

Mr Royle is described as white with shoulder length brown hair. He was wearing a blazer and a flat cap.

Hospital to face prosecution

Basildon University Hospital will face prosecution after being told it failed to protect patients from legionnaires' disease.

The Health and Safety Executive says the hospital failed to ensure the safety of its patients and visitors for nearly six years between February 2004 and December 2010.

The disease is caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.

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