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Southend Hospital Maternity Services Claims

If you have concerns about Southend Hospital and the maternity treatment you or a loved one has received, then please contact our maternity negligence solicitors for free initial advice.

Concerns over the maternity care provided at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Southend Hospital and its maternity care unit are operated by Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Unfortunately concerns over the care provided at maternity units within this Trust have been ongoing for a number of years

In the review, which was published in December 2022, the CQC has once again raised concerns with staffing levels in the maternity services at the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

It was stated that the Trust needed to develop ways of minimising the risk to its patients. It was found that waiting times from referral to treatment were not always in line with national standards.

The report found that women were not always triaged in line with target times, neither could they always access the service when they needed it. This meant they did not receive the right care promptly. In addition to this, not all staff had completed their mandatory training.

The number of maternity negligence claims and the level of damages paid out by the Trust over the last decade, may indicate a broader cultural or systemic issue. Mistakes have been made, but the ongoing issues suggest that perhaps not enough has been done to learn from errors made and prevent future mothers and babies being put at risk.

Stillborn and neonatal death claims

The death of a baby is a devastating time for a parent and their family, but this news can be even more distressing if something has gone wrong with the management of the birth. In these situations, the outcome can be devastating and life changing for those involved.

In a significant number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths nothing can be done to prevent this from happening. There are cases however, where better management during pregnancy or monitoring of a baby could have prevented the tragedy.

Every parent has a right to know what happened to their baby and our experienced team of maternity negligence solicitors can assist parents with obtaining answers to their questions.

About our maternity investigation expertise

We are instructed by several parents who have concerns about the maternity treatment they received at Southend Hospital’s maternity unit, and have already been successful in claiming damages.

Why choose our maternity negligence solicitors?

We help families to investigate the care that they or their loved ones have received and look to hold the NHS accountable where that maternity care has been substandard to help prevent others suffering as a result of the same mistakes in future.

We have a proven track record of successfully assisting parents to find answers and obtain compensation. Our specialist maternity negligence solicitors are highly experienced in handling stillbirth and neonatal death cases and provide vital support to parents in tragic circumstances. We are renowned for our expertise in maternity and birth injury claims including both cerebral palsy and brain injuries.

If you have concerns about Southend Hospital and the maternity treatment you or a loved one has received, then please contact our maternity negligence solicitors for free initial advice.

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