Fifteen babies have needlessly died at an NHS Trust
A heartbroken mother whose newborn baby died at the NHS trust at the heart of the ongoing infant death scandal says medics ‘failed’ in their duty.
Pippa Griffiths contracted a fatal infection just hours after she was born at home on April 26 last year, an inquest earlier this month heard.
Midwives at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital failed to visit afterwards nor offer her mother, Kayleigh, 30, any advice.
Staff from the trust that runs the hospital eventually visited the family, but they insisted that her death was unavoidable.
Pippa Griffiths contracted a fatal infection just hours after she was born at home on April 26 last year, an inquest earlier this month heard
But had midwives noticed Pippa had Group B Strep earlier – which can lead to blood poisoning and meningitis, she may still be alive today, a coroner ruled.
In an exclusive interview with The Mirror, Mrs Griffiths and Pippa’s father Colin, 40, revealed their agony – and accused the trust of a cover-up.
Mrs Griffiths, an NHS auditor, said: ‘We expected better from the NHS. But Pippa was failed.’
The newspaper reported how Mrs Griffiths initially sought medical advice from the trust when Pippa’s breathing changed.
After noticing her daughter’s vomit was brown, at 2.55am she was told by a midwife over the phone that it was nothing to worry about.
Mrs Griffiths (pictured) claims her daughter’s medical records did not mention Pippa’s symptoms, which she called the Trust concerned about, including her brown vomit
Pippa’s skin later turned purple and she stopped breathing completely. She was airlifted to hospital where she died later that afternoon at 4.09pm.
Mrs Griffiths said her daughter’s medical records had not mentioned the initial concerns they rang about.
Simon Wright, chief executive of the NHS Trust, said: ‘We are truly sorry that we did not provide the appropriate care that would have prevented Pippa’s death.
‘We have apologised to Pippa’s parents and are continuing to improve services and our investigations to ensure we learn from these devastating events.
‘The Trust accepts that, if a complete systematic inquiry about neonatal health had taken place during the very first telephone contact, when concerns were raised about Pippa’s feeding, it is more than likely that signs of neonatal ill health would have been identified and Pippa’s parents would have been signposted to appropriate health care professionals, providing the opportunity of earlier diagnosis and treatment.
‘The Trust also accepted that if Pippa’s parents had been given appropriate literature before or immediately following their daughter’s birth, they would have had access to information on the signs of neonatal ill health when these developed to help them seek the appropriate advice and help.’