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Bristol hospital maternity services ranked top in UK

CQC Maternity Survey compared the maternity services of 133 acute trusts. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA

St Michael’s Hospital maternity services have been ranked top in the country.

A new survey compared the maternity services of 133 acute trusts across the country, with patient feedback that covered the service offered before, during and after birth.

From results gathered by the Care Quality Commission, St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol scored better than expected on 53% of the questions asked, ranking the service joint top in the country.

The hospital believe its midwifery-led-unit described as a 'home from home environment', has improved women’s experiences of giving birth.

This is an outstanding result for the service and all those involved.

The Maternity service wants to continually improve the service it offers to women and families, therefore it will be shortly piloting the use of family rooms on the post-natal wards to allow partners to stay overnight where this can be accommodated.

– Sarah Windfeld, head of midwifery at St Michael’s


Striking a chord on the junior doctors strike

A picket line in Bristol took a slightly unusual twist this morning as junior doctors sang for onlookers.

Singing to the tune of Jessie J's Price Tag, the group cleverly changed the lyrics to support their cause, as they went on strike outside St Michael's Hospital.

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Hospital trust admits failings over brain-damaged baby

The parents of a baby boy who suffered catastrophic injuries at birth are to receive a lifetime settlement to pay for his care after a hospital in Bristol admitted liability.

Midwives at St Michael's Hospital made a series of errors which led to Ollie Lewis suffering brain damage when he was born two years ago. The trust that runs the hospital has now agreed to pay his parents, who live in Weston Super Mare, for his continuing care.

Ollie's father Neil Lewis says the admission has left him and his partner Charmaine Malcolm with mixed emotions.

Of course, we are relieved that Ollie's future will be financially secure and that the trust has admitted its mistakes, but at the same time it's hard to come to terms with the fact that our son is permanently brain-damaged because of failures by the midwifery team and hospital.

We trusted the hospital staff and believed they would do everything possible to keep Charmaine and Ollie safe, so to know this wasn't the case has left us feeling angry, confused and frustrated.

Ollie is a remarkable little boy and we are incredibly proud of him, but nothing can turn back the clock.

– Neil Lewis, Father


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Trust: new safety checks in place since Rohan death

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust says it offers "**sincere condolences" to Rohan Rhodes’ family.

We hope that the inquest has helped to answer their questions about why Rohan died.

The Coroner's narrative conclusion reflects the sad situation that Rohan was an extremely premature baby and therefore at risk of developing the serious bowel condition from which he ultimately succumbed.

The trust says it has put in place 'clear requirements' for blood gas measurements in babies on respiratory support and has implemented a system of safety checking for medical and nursing staff looking after individual babies.

St Michael’s Hospital has an outstanding Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), offering the most advanced care and support to babies and families. However, the Coroner has identified that there were missed opportunities to perform a particular test during Rohan's admission, specifically three blood gas measurements.

The Coroner has confirmed that what those results would have been remains unknown, but we are very sorry that those three checks were missed, within continuous monitoring of Rohan's critical condition within NICU.

– Bryony Strachan, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Baby death inquest:"lost opportunities" in care

The Coroner in the inquest of baby Rohan Rhodes, who died at St Michael's Hospital, says there were "lost opportunities" in his care.

Rohan, who was born 15 weeks premature in Wales, died after being removed from a ventilator after being transferred to St Michael's in Bristol.

Flax Bourton Coroner's Court heard the medical team's plan was to keep Rohan on the ventilator ahead of upcoming heart surgery.

But advanced neonatal nurse Amanda Dallorzo took the "autonomous" decision to remove the machine and put a breathing mask on Rohan instead.

His condition deteriorated and he developed NEC, a gastrointestinal disease, which required surgery.

He never became stable for the operation and he died, aged just 36 days.

Avon Coroner Maria Voisin recorded a narrative verdict following a three day inquest into Rohan's death.

Rohan Rhodes was an extremely premature baby who was at risk of developing NEC.

He developed this condition which caused his death on September 30.

On September 29, there were three occasions when he should have had a blood gas test.

It is not known what results would have been, but these were lost opportunities which may have resulted in Rohan receiving earlier medical care.

– Avon Coroner Maria Voisin
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