The death of a baby that died 23 minutes after birth is being investigated by the NHS Trust.
Care Quality Commission is currently investigating Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for Wynter Sofia Andrews’s death. She died on September 15th 2019.
An inquest in 2020 found she died from hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy – a loss of oxygen flow to the brain – which could have been prevented had staff at the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham delivered her earlier.
The CQC, which regulates health services in England, announced in July last year that it would prosecute the trust on two counts, both of which read that a registered person failed “to provide care and treatment in (a) safe way resulting in harm or loss” – one in relation to Wynter and another to her mother, Sarah Andrews.
Ms Andrews was admitted at the QMC in September 2019, Wynter being delivered the next day at 2.06.
At an inquest in October 2020, assistant coroner Laurinda Bower concluded that Ms Andrews “did not receive the care and attention that she clinically required” and her baby “ought to have been delivered by Caesarean section well before 1406 hours when she was in fact delivered”.
In a preventing future deaths report, Ms Bower said the hospital had “operated in a fundamentally unsafe manner” due to being understaffed, which the inquest found had happened on multiple occasions with staff not having concerns listened to.
After the CQC’s announcement that it would prosecute the trust, its chief executive, Rupert Egginton, apologised to Wynter’s family for the “tragic loss” and said a “range of improvements” had been introduced.
The hearing, which could see a maximum penalty of an unlimited fine imposed, is scheduled to begin at 10am on Wednesday at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.