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NHS Grampian to apologise over pregnancy care after Aberdeen baby death

NHS Grampian is to apologise for failures in the care of a woman whose premature baby died shortly after being born in Aberdeen.

The woman's husband complained to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman about the care his wife received during the latter stages of her pregnancy.

The baby girl was born about three months early weighing 400g, and died about an hour later.

NHS Grampian said it accepted the recommendations made.

The girl was said to be in a very poor condition when she was born at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital in April last year.

Ombudsman Jim Martin found the monitoring of the pregnancy was "not of a reasonable standard".

'We are sorry'

Mr Martin said the couple had had an "exceptionally difficult and distressing experience".

His report added: "It is, of course, extremely important to recognise that the outcome was highly unlikely to have been any different given she was severely growth restricted."

An NHS Grampian spokesman said: "We are sorry for the distress caused to the family and will be writing formally to them to apologise.

"The report will be shared with the clinical staff involved."

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