Director & Solicitor Janet Baker

Stillbirth inquests another step closer to becoming law



By Janet Baker, Director & Solicitor, Clinical Negligence department If you ask any parent, they will tell you how many children they have. If you ask a parent of a child who has died, that number doesn’t change. As a society we all accept that you are a parent, however you define yourself. Jack and Sarah Hawkins are parents to ...
 
Accident & Emergency Department

Ambulance delay leaves 6-year-old boy without his mum



An inquest into the death of Gail Bailey has concluded that her death was “wholly preventable”. Gail died when she was 9 weeks pregnant, leaving behind a son and husband. The tragic event occurred while she was on holiday in Ingoldmells with her family. Gail was suffering from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy – an urgent and potentially life-threatening condition – ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

International Day of Persons with Disabilities



By Sadie Simpson, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence.  Today marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to raise awareness around disabilities. I wanted to highlight just how pivotal the people that provide care are. What is a Carer? A carer is someone who provides support, practical and/or emotional, to an adult or ...
 
Doctor writing

28,000 Women Affected by Post-natal PTSD



A recent study by City, University of London, has indicated 28,000 women a year could potentially be affected by maternal post-traumatic stress disorder in the UK alone. What is maternal post-traumatic stress disorder? PANDAS highlight that PTSD happens after an event that is seriously threatening to you or someone in your life, causing severe psychological distress. In regard to post-natal ...
 
Doctor writing

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust in Special Measures



By Lauren Unsworth, Paralegal, Clinical Negligence What are Special Measures? Special Measures is when a Hospital Trust is no longer trusted to run itself alone. The a decision to place Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust in Special Measures came directly from Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who said, “In light of the ongoing concerns about the trust’s ...
 
Clinical Negligence Solicitor Christine Griffiths

Baby Loss Awareness Week: 9-15 October 2018



By Christine Griffiths, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence 9th to 15th October is Baby Loss Awareness Week, an opportunity for bereaved families and friends to commemorate the lives of their babies. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness around the causes of baby loss. This week is close to our hearts at Switalskis, as we assist families navigating the legal process following baby loss ...
 
Sarah Tipton Walker

Sepsis: Spotting the signs and symptoms of a blood infection



Following the heart-breaking Coronation Street storyline where a character must consent to his son having his foot amputated after developing sepsis, our Sarah Tipton Walker looks at this little-understood illness.  Sepsis affects 123,000 people every year and can have long term consequences. These can include physical disabilities, slower cognitive functions and difficulties with everyday life. Tragically, it kills five people ...
 
Lisa Mann

Healthcare worker arrested on suspicion of murder



By Lisa Mann, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence A healthcare worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six others previously in the hospital’s care. The hospital has been subject to a thorough investigation into their neonatal and maternity care following the publication of MMBRACE-UK (Mothers and ...
 
Solicitor Jim Gladman

Hundreds died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital because of opioid drug administration



By Jim Gladman, Solicitor , Clinical Negligence A report has concluded that hundreds of premature patient deaths were caused by the inappropriate prescription and over-prescription of opioid painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. In summary, the report found evidence of opioid use without appropriate clinical indication in 456 patients. The report said that there were probably at least another 200 ...
 

Children’s Hospice Week: 21 – 27 May 2018



This week we are raising awareness for children’s hospices and the 49,000 families who need regular help managing a young child with a life limiting illness or injury. We want to challenge the myth that hospices are places where children go to die. Instead we wish to highlight that a hospice can be a joyful place. A place where families receive ...