Baby death: hospital failed to alert cardiologist

A leaked report into the death of a baby from Bristol has found that a cardiologist wasn't called until 20 minutes after she arrived at Bristol Children's Hospital by ambulance. The hospital denies the delays.

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Hospital denies delays in calling cardiologist

A leaked report into the death of a four-month-old baby has found that a cardiologist wasn't called until 20 minutes after she arrived at Bristol Children's Hospital by ambulance.

Lacey Marie Poton from Bristol had a cardiac arrest shortly after being sent home after an operation on her heart.

In a statement, the trust that runs Bristol Children's Hospital denies the alleged delays.

The Trust would like to convey its sincere condolences again to the family of Lacey Marie Poton.

As previous reports have identified, The Trust was not notified in advance of Lacey Marie’s arrival by the ambulance service. On arrival she was immediately assessed by an expert team including the emergency department consultant. Once this urgent assessment was complete, she was moved into the dedicated resuscitation area and resuscitation was commenced.

A hospital emergency call was activated immediately bringing the intensive care team, including a consultant. Within five mins, the attendance of the cardiology consultant was requested who arrived from home within 20 mins. This process is consistent with standard practice and took place within expected timeframes for a case of this nature.

– University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

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Hospital failed to call cardiologist

Four-month-old Lacey Marie Poton suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after being sent home after an operation on her heart. Credit: ITV West Country

A leaked report into the death of a four-month-old baby from Bristol has found that a cardiologist wasn't called until twenty minutes after she arrived at Bristol Children's Hospital by ambulance.

Lacey Marie Poton suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after being sent home after an operation on her heart.

Now a report by South Western Ambulance Service obtained by ITV West Country outlines that a cardiologist was not alerted by the hospital when the baby arrived.

In February another internal report demonstrated a catalogue of mistakes by the ambulance service in their response. They have since apologised.

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