19 September 2018

The following is a statement from Deirdre Fowler, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Quality:

“We remain committed to providing the best care for all of our patients and to all women and families who use our maternity services. We are continuing to work closely with NHS Improvement (NHSI) and fully engaging and co-operating with their independent review.

“We welcome the approach of NHSI in considering cases of families who have come forward, including those who were initially referred back to us by them and those who have come forward since. We are committed to learning any lessons that arise from this review to ensure the best care for all of our patients.

“It is important that any families who have any questions or concerns over their care are given the chance to have them explored. Given the high profile of the NHSI independent review, it is understandable that more families have come forward.

“We recognise that, taken in isolation, the number of cases which are being considered may cause concern or anxiety for families currently using our services. It is important to remember that this review covers a period dating back some 20 years and that, at this stage, no conclusions have been reached about the care provided in any of these cases.

“SaTH provides a safe service for women giving birth. We would encourage any mums-to-be or families with any questions about their care to speak to their midwife. Any families who would like to contact us can email sath.womenandchildren@nhs.net”