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13 October 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What you need to know about Baby Loss Awareness Week in 2020

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This year the aim of Baby Loss Awareness Week is to highlight the isolation that many people experience after pregnancy and baby loss – women, partners, other family members and friends.

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6 October 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The impact of COVID-19 on charities helping people with cerebral palsy

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The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on numerous aspects of the economy, and the charity sector is no exception. It is estimated that the sector has lost at least £4.5 billion in income as a consequence of the pandemic, so many charities have had to fall back on their reserves.

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16 September 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

How serious incidents in healthcare are investigated using root cause analysis. Are lessons learned?

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Ahead of World Patient Safety Day on 17 September, Sarah White reviews the root cause analysis process for patient safety learning. Is it working as it should?

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11 September 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The hidden part of the birth trauma journey – the psychological impact

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Not all birth trauma has a visible, physical impact upon new mothers. Sometimes, events and their aftermath can lead to significant psychological harm which isn’t visible but is no less damaging, and this is especially true when a birth injury occurs. Here we relate the story of one of our clients, whose daughter developed Erb’s palsy after negligent maternity care.

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17 March 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The story of Sands: in conversation with Bel Mooney

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Sarah White from our Medical Negligence team speaks to the co-founder and patron of Sands, a charity dedicated to supporting people who have experienced neonatal loss or stillbirth.

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12 February 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

This ‘never event’ leaves women at risk of harm after childbirth, and is all too common

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Sarah White takes a look at a recent report published by The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch which highlights how women have been left in severe pain and at risk of infection when swabs and tampons used after childbirth are accidentally left in the vagina.

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30 January 2020 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What is it like to be a young carer?

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To mark Young Carers Awareness Day Sarah White, a solicitor in our Medical Negligence team, looks into what it is like for young carers looking after family members who have suffered a brain injury and what support is available to them.

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28 November 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

How can the NHS build a culture where errors related to GBS are effectively raised?

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When a baby develops a group B strep infection, mothers in particular are sometimes told that “you passed it on to your baby”. This can make mothers feel as though it’s somehow their fault. Group B strep is not the fault of any mother.

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20 November 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

The largest maternity scandal in NHS history? What a leaked report tells us about Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust

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Following the leak of a report into the failings of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust maternity unit, Sarah White explains what it tells us and the impact of this new information.

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9 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

Baby Loss Awareness Week – four things you should know

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Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place from 9 to 15 October every year and aims to raise awareness of key issues that affect people who have lost babies in the UK, hopefully helping to break the silence regarding infant loss which is not talked about as much as it should be.

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4 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Medical Negligence, Opinion

What issues do children with cerebral palsy face when trying to gain access to mainstream education and EHC plans

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Education is a vital part of any child’s development, but if they have a disability like cerebral palsy accessing it can be difficult. Here Sarah White from our team explains how EHC plans can help kids get on in school and the challenges faced in obtaining them.

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Litigation – Experiences and views of parents of children who suffered brain injuries at birth

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In the lead up to World CP day on 6 October 2019 we have taken some time to focus on the ‘Making a Contribution’ element of the ‘We Are Here’ campaign and to consider how we, as clinical negligence lawyers, can gain a better understanding of how parents of children with Cerebral Palsy feel about the litigation process. We want to ensure that we are aware of all the things that we can do to make the litigation process less stressful and to offer all the support that we can.

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