NHS trust settles medical negligence claim
11 Sep 2009
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust has agreed to pay a
five-figure sum to settle a medical negligence compensation claim
relating to a baby being stillborn.
Louisa Greenslade's daughter Rowen was stillborn in June 2005,
three months after the results of routine tests showed an abnormal
level of glucose and protein in the mother's system, reports the
However, no action was taken by staff at the hospital, despite the
fact that the test results could have led to a diagnosis of
It is unclear whether the failure to address the symptoms found by
the test was a case of misdiagnosis or the result of poor
administration procedures in the hospital.
With the help of a medical negligence solicitor, Ms Greenslade was
able to ensure the hospital admitted negligence and agreed to pay
The trust released a statement confirming it had agreed to settle
the case and explaining that it had put in extra safeguards in its
maternity unit during the last four years.
These include a new test for glucose tolerance designed to help
staff diagnose gestational diabetes.
News of the settlement came as steps to improve safety in maternity
departments in England were implemented.
The Safer Births network, run by the King's Fund, is designed to
help hospitals deliver better care to both mothers and babies by
developing new working systems.
Settling compensation claims cost the NHS £807 million in the
2008-09 financial year. Statistics published by the NHS Litigation
Authority showed that more than 96 per cent of the 8,885 claims
dealt with were settled out of court.