It has been recently reported that 1000 or more families have been identified as having cases which would be relevant to the Ockenden review at Nottingham University Hospital (NUH). Donna Ockenden and her team are investigating the maternity services at NUH which began in September 2022.
Donna Ockenden previously uncovered unavoidable baby losses at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust and was appointed to lead the Nottingham investigation in May this year.
An inquiry into the services provided at the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital began after many families demanded it, having experienced catastrophic maternity failings that significantly impacted their lives. In October 2022 more than 700 families had made contact as well as 70 former and current workers.
The Trust says that more than 1000 families have now been identified as having cases which would be relevant to the review and that all the families identified have been written to and that letters will be arriving this week with information on how they can contact the review. NUH state that they are committed to making the necessary and sustainable improvements to their maternity services and have reassured families that are using the services as the review continues. The Trust states that they want to ensure family voices are heart and will continue to support the work of the independent review.
We act for so many families who have suffered as a result of poor maternity care. Babies have died or been brain damaged, parents have suffered psychological trauma and mothers have suffered obstetric injury We encourage anyone who has been affected by care received from Nottingham University Hospital to make contact with us so that we can begin to support you too.