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Chloe Birch represents nurse at inquest into baby death.

06/12/2021

Chloe appeared at the inquest into the tragic death of a 4-day-old baby in February 2019. Chloe represented one of the nursing staff involved in the baby’s care on the neo-natal Special Care Baby Unit.

The Coroner heard evidence from a wide range of medical, nursing and midwifery staff who were involved from pregnancy onwards, as well as expert clinicians who provided expert evidence on the Group B Streptococcal infection – the medical cause of death. The inquest carefully scrutinised the timeline of the infection, the clinical treatment provided and the stages at which antibiotics may have saved the baby’s life.

The Coroner found that there were missed opportunities to prescribe and administer antibiotics throughout the early hours of his life, but that by the time the baby reached the care of Chloe’s client, it was too late for any life-saving intervention to have effect.   The Coroner heard that since 2019, the East Kent Hospital Trust has taken considerable steps to address a number of concerns related to the failures which led to the baby’s death.  

Chloe was instructed by Keith Sheppard at Thompsons Solicitors.

Coverage

The BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-59524832

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-59219675

ITV
https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2021-11-11/baby-should-have-given-antibiotics-at-kent-hospital-inquest-finds

The Daily Mail
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10273863/Antibiotics-saved-newborn-babys-life-inquest-hears.html

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