Listening to instincts following a suspected birth injury

Every mother knows her own body and knows if something does not feel right during pregnancy and birth. Birth injury red flags may include not being listened to by medical staff when raising concerns, or not having these concerns taken seriously. Worrying signs of panic during the delivery of the baby or actions such as … Read more

Addressing fear culture in maternity services critical to preventing birth injuries in 2021

The Morecambe Bay maternity scandal came to light in 2015. Sadly since then, three investigations have been launched into the care delivered in three NHS Trusts across England and Wales. The coronavirus pandemic placed the NHS in the spotlight with a greater appreciation felt for our free national health service however, fear has been identified … Read more

Leading birth injuries solicitor grows Court of Protection team

Birth injuries solicitor and Court of Protection deputy Diane Rostron has appointed Alison Battersby as legal executive to assist the team’s clients following successful £multi-million settlements.

Preventable birth injuries – what to do if you think that your family has been affected

Serious, and avoidable, birth injuries are thankfully rare but if your family has been affected, we understand the devastating impact that this has on your child and the entire family.

Blackpool birth injuries lawyer highly ranked in legal directory

Blackpool based birth injuries specialist Diane Rostron has been ranked in the 2020 Legal 500 directory which recognises the top lawyers in the UK. Ranked amongst large national medical negligence law firms with offices in the North West, Legal 500 describes Rostron as the ‘powerhouse behind a small team’ recognising her commitment and compassion towards … Read more

An apology helps families heal following medical negligence

Families who have suffered as a result of medical negligence need an apology from the professionals involved to help with their healing as they cope with the devastating aftermath. All NHS patients are entitled to openness and transparency following a preventable incident as medical staff have a statutory Duty of Candour to those whose care … Read more

Families affected by a birth injury suffer for life

Preventable birth injuries thankfully rarely occur with most babies delivered safe and well. For the small minority who are affected by an avoidable incident however, the physical and psychological effects are lifelong and impact every area of a family’s life. Taking place before, during or just after birth, a significant birth injury can lead to … Read more

Compensation does not remove the pain following medical negligence

High value medical negligence settlements often hit the headlines, however, behind the £multi-million compensation payouts is significant hidden, and ongoing, hardship and pain. The NHS treats millions of patients each year and, in most cases, the care provided leads to patients leaving hospital safe and well. For some however, medical failings lead to serious injuries … Read more

New pre-eclampsia test will help increase patient safety

News of a new blood test which promises to detect pre-eclampsia in half the time as current methods is a welcome development. The condition, which is developed by around one in ten women in the latter stages of pregnancy, can prove fatal if not diagnosed and monitored appropriately. The new test will be rolled out … Read more

Improvements urgently needed in some Shropshire maternity services

Inadequate maternity care at two hospitals in the region have been highlighted in a recent report by the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Published at the end of November 2018, the CQC report highlighted several concerns about current practices at the maternity services at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal … Read more