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Brain damaged teenager awarded compensation from healthcare trust in Berkshire

The Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust has written to the girl's family to apologise Credit: ITV Meridian

A 13-year-old girl who was brain damaged at birth at a Berkshire hospital has been awarded £9.6m in compensation.

The teenager, who cannot be identified, was starved of oxygen for between two and five minutes, shortly before her birth at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot in 2002.

The Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust has also written to the family expressing its regret for what had happened.

Her parents brought proceedings at London's High Court on her behalf against Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Justice Foskett, who approved the settlement today, said that life must have been very difficult for the family over the last decade or so but the care they had given was "greatly to be admired".

"It is plain to see just how devoted her parents have been to do all they can for their much-loved daughter," he said.

Heatherwood hospital units closure to be reviewed

Video. After months of protests by campaigners against cuts at one of our hospitals, the Health Secretary and West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review of the plans.

NHS bosses announced the closure of the minor injuries unit, birth centre and stroke ward at Heatherwood Hospital in Berkshire earlier this year. From Ascot, Mel Bloor reports.


Service cuts at Heatherwood Hospital to be reviewed

Heatherwood Hospital in Berkshire Credit: ITV Meridian

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered an independent review of cuts to services at Ascot's Heatherwood Hospital.

A review panel will examine a decision to close the minor injury unit, birthing unit and rehabilitation ward.

Mr Hunt will meet with Windsor MP Adam Afriyie at Westminster today.

Strong protests from the council, health staff and local residents saw 3,000 people sign a petition against the the proposal.

Heatherwood Hospital improvements

Under ideas being put out for public consideration today Heatherwood hospital would be demolished and replaced with a new updated surgical hospital. The new hospital would only deal with non-urgent, planned surgery, while all emergencies and accidents would be treated at Wexham Park in Slough.

"A full public consultation onsuggested improvements and changes to health services in east Berkshire is planned to startin autumn 2012. Before then we want to share our developing ideas and get feedback onthem to help us shape the final proposals.”

– Charles Waddicor, Chief Executive of NHS Berkshire

Other ideas include the permanent closure of the Ascot Birthing Centre and minor injuries moving to an Urgent Care Centre in Bracknell.