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Video report: Family receives millions in two separate cases of medical negligence

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the mother whose two children were left severely disabled in two separate cases of medical negligence at the same hospital.

Natasha and Patrick Jackson were born more than a year apart - they're now in their 20s.

Now they've won millions of pounds for their future care in legal action against the former Sharoe Green Hospital in Preston.

Our Lancashire reporter Victoria Grimes has this report:

Seven million pound payout in daughter's negligence case

Natasha,23, needs round the clock care Credit: ITV Granada Reports

The mother of two children left brain damaged after errors in their care has secured a 7 million pound care package for her eldest daughter. It's the second successful medical negligence claim the Jackson family have made against the former Sharoe Green hospital in Preston.

Natasha Jackson, now 23, was left severely physically and mentally disabled after errors made by hospital staff during her mother's pregnancy, Natasha's delivery and in the first few days of her life starved her brain of oxygen leading to significant cerebral palsy.

Her mother Paula McKay was left heartbroken by Natasha's injuries and the devastating impact they have had on her daughter's life. And history was tragically repeated when her second born child Patrick (22) was also severely brain damaged by mismanagement of his delivery by staff at the same hospital which was responsible for the errors in Natasha's case - the former Sharoe Green Hospital in Preston. Patrick has injuries similar to Natasha's and is also severely physically and mentally disabled.

Natasha and Patrick have a brother George, who Paula jokes is "extremely normal". He is 19 and training as a nurse to continue to help disabled people in his working life.

Olivia Scates, a partner at JMW Solicitors, who represented both Natasha and Patrick in their legal battles against the former North West Strategic Health Authority, responsible for the hospital, said this was an unprecedented situation where two children in one family had suffered brain damage resulting in cerebral palsy as a result of negligence.

Paula has had to cope with two avoidable tragedies involving her children. To go through such an ordeal once and a child's life to be devastated is tragic, for it to happen to two children in the same family is unbelievably sad. However Paula is an incredible mother who has dedicated her life to caring for Natasha and Patrick and has conducted herself with great dignity throughout their cases.

Nothing can be done to turn back the clock but with the settlement of Natasha's case Paula will have the support she needs to provide that care to her daughter and ensure that she does not have to worry about the future, especially when she is not here anymore, which was a huge concern.

Natasha will never be able to live independently, work or do any of the things the rest of us take for granted. However as well as the highly specialist accommodation and equipment she requires now she will have access to excellent care that will improve her quality of life and enable her to access therapies and activities designed for people with her level of disability.

– Olivia Scates, a partner at JMW Solicitors, who represented both Natasha and Patrick

Natasha and Patrick have been through so much in their lives and it has been heart-breaking to see them suffer at times due to the injuries they were left with. However with the settlement of Natasha's case I am relieved that I no longer have to worry about what will happen when I am not here anymore and that both will have access to the specialist care they need and deserve. Another important factor of this financial settlement is that it will ensure Natasha receives excellent on-going care that will not ever be affected by local or national budget cuts.

It upsets me to think about any other families going through the same ordeal and having to fight hospital trusts to help children they have failed. However I would say to any other parents in the same situation not to give up hope, you can eventually get the help you and your child needs and things can get better.

– Paula McKay, Natasha and Patrick's Mum

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Hospital trust commissioned review after maternity deaths

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The Trust is always keen to learn and to improve care. We commissioned a review by experts from outside the Trust to look at the details of a small number of maternity cases at our hospitals.

We are now considering that report and are developing a number of actions as a result to make some improvements to ensure we continue to provide the best quality of care for our patients.

We deliver 10,000 babies each year and would like to reassure families about the safety of maternity services at our hospitals, but if any expectant mother has a concern they can contact their designated midwife to discuss this.

– Gill Harris, Chief Nurse at Pennine Acute
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Probe into Greater Manchester maternity unit baby deaths

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Seven babies and three mums have died in two Greater Manchester maternity units in just eight months – sparking an independent investigation.

Bosses at Royal Oldham and North Manchester General hospitals called in outside experts to review the departments in light of the 10 tragedies.

It is understood the deaths took place between December 2013 and July last year – with four babies and two mums dying at Oldham, and three babies and one mother dying at North Manchester.

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Norovirus outbreak closes wards to new patients at Furness General

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Medics have closed several wards to new admissions at Barrow's Furness General Hospital, after an outbreak of Norovirus.

The vomiting and diarrhoea bug has infected patients and staff on wards 4, 6 and 9.

Visitors are still permitted at the hospital, but will not be allowed to bring children with them. They are also advised to stay away if they have suffered any similar symptoms within the last 48 hours.

We hope by taking the measure to close the wards to admissions we can resolve this outbreak quickly – however we apologise for any disruptions caused to patients or visitors during this time.

– Angela Richards, Matron, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

New centre for people with autism

A new high-tech home for people with severe autism is to open on Merseyside. The million pound development, on Wirral Autistic Society's Raby Hall site in Bromborough, has been funded by a two-year long appeal. The opening, on world autism day, will be carried out by dignitaries and Everton old boy, Graham Sharp.

The centre has taken 2 years to complete Credit: Wirral Autistic Society

We're deeply grateful for the enthusiasm the community has shown fundraising for us. There's a desperate need for this type of accommodation, so that people with autism can be placed close to their loved ones.

– Robin Bush, Chief Executive, Wirral Autistic Society
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