Donna Ockenden reviews first three months findings into Nottingham's maternity services

Senior midwife Donna Ockenden has reviewed details of her first three months investigating failings at Nottingham's maternity services today.

750 families so far have contacted Donna Ockenden's team as part of the independent review into failings by maternity services after dozens of babies died or were injured at the Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust.

The number of families who have contacted the review so far looks set to rise - with 1,000 letters sent last week to families, with cases dating back a decade,  potentially relevant to the review.

Leading the report is senior midwife Donna Ockenden who has been urging families and NHS workers to come forward with their experiences, considering cases dating back as far as 2012 - as cases cannot be reviewed without consent being given.

Today, Donna Ockenden told ITV News Central that:

  • 750 families have contacted the review

  • 250 current and former members of staff have contacted the review

The review began in September and is expected to last 18 months, with the final report estimated to be published in March 2024.

The NUH Trust announced on Twitter that - alongside Donna Ockenden - they have written to "more than 1,000 families who have been identified as having maternity cases potentially relevant to the Ockenden Review (based on the five categories identified in the terms of reference)."