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Mum feared for her baby’s life

Reporter: by Lucy Kenderdine
Date online: 07 July 2014

A NEW mum has hit out at the care on the maternity and postnatal wards at Royal Oldham Hospital, saying a catalogue of errors made her fear for her life and that of her baby girl.

Kirsty Edwards claims she was first wrongly induced and then left without painkillers during a traumatic 60-hour labour before being given an emergency Caesarian section.

She says she was then prescribed someone else’s medication during her postnatal care.

Miss Edwards (28) was delighted when she was told her round of IVF had been successful and she was pregnant with Alyzia Riley, now 15 weeks old, after being told she may never have children.

Following a healthy pregnancy, Miss Edwards, of Putney Close, was taken to the Royal Oldham hospital at 39 weeks and told she needed to be induced as it was feared her baby was already more than 10lbs.

Miss Edwards said: “I was told that my baby was too big and needed to be induced.

“I don’t remember much of what happened afterwards, however I do remember begging the doctor for an emergency Caesarean when I still hadn’t given birth during a 60-hour labour.

“But when Alyzia was born she was only 7lbs 5ozs.”

Miss Edwards, who lives with her partner John Riley (32), was then moved to the postnatal unit to recover but suspected something was wrong with the medication she was prescribed, which included painkillers and iron tablets.

“I was about to take the tablet when I asked what it was and they said paracetamol, which I am allergic to, so I stopped,” she said.

“It said it in my notes and I was wearing a band around my wrist saying I was allergic to it so I can’t understand why they would give it to me.

“I thought it could have been a mistake but when the girl in the bed next to me was receiving iron tablets and ibuprofen, yet I was only given paracetamol, I thought it was very strange. It was like they’d swapped our notes or medication.

“On the day I was due to leave, they told me my iron levels were very low and that I should have been taking iron tablets the whole time, but they hadn’t been given to me. However the girl next to me, who did receive the tablets, was told she didn’t need them.

“It is ridiculous that I was put in that situation and it could have had a severe impact on my health.”

Miss Edwards, who is an office worker for a local care company, also alleges that she has suffered problems in the last five weeks with the Royal Oldham Hospital when little Alyzia began to get ill.

Miss Edwards has since spoken to a solicitor and intends to pursue her complaint further.

Cathy Trinick, head of midwifery at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS

Trust said: “We are sorry to hear that Miss Edwards is not happy with the treatment she has received around the birth of her daughter Alyzia.

“We take all comments and complaints seriously and although we have not received an official complaint from the family, we will of course however look into the issues she has raised and will offer the opportunity to meet with Miss Edwards if she wishes to discuss her concerns in person.”
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I'll tell you why the ROH get medication mixed up. THEY DON'T READ PATIENTS' NOTES.
It happened to my mum many times over several years. They used to put a cannula in her right or take blood and blood pressure from her right arm when her notes specifically said LEFT ARM ONLY. I ended up putting a notice on the wall over her bed which read NO CANNULA IN RIGHT ARM. It worked most of the time but not always. You have to watch them every step of the way.

sad state of affairs when you need total competent care and don't receive it. I don't however agree with what I assume will be a civil action against the hospital..ask for an enquiry yes but to pursue it for financial reccmpense is taking from an already half empty pot

I agree with Lakeman. The staff that are there are really nice, friendly and caring, but unfortunately they are also overworked due to cutbacks. Recent experience says they work through breaks to cater for the needs of the patients and are literally stretched to breaking point. The enquiry needs to be focused on staffing levels. Put nurses back on the wards and take away all the pointless jobs that are not needed.

ANOTHER COMPENSATION CLAIM: fair enough youve had ' abit ' of rough time but you still had the best trained medical staff in the world looking after you, who are over stretched and over worked. Mistakes happen in any line of work. Maybe these people who keep claiming off our NHS for no more than finacial gain ( and getting the local paper involved ) and these same people are also complaing about imigrants taking money out of our NHS... Your just as bad

According to the report, the family have not made an official complaint to the NHS yet they have done to the Chronicle and a solicitor - I wonder why ???

Why contact a solictitor before complaining to the hospital?

Hope is all well with the baby. Surely step 1 would be to contact/complain to the hospital. Only then if unhappy with the outcome seek guidance from a solicitor. Chron could pick up the story if and when it came to court.

And THIS is exactly why i chose to have my baby at St Mary's hospital. I have had nothing but bad experiences with Oldham, which includes waking during surgery once, and once STILL being awake as surgery started, nothing to do with pregnancy/birth, but still pretty horrific all the same.


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