Guernsey

Midwife spent "two minutes" reviewing baby death notes

Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey
Image caption Three midwives are facing misconduct charges relating to work at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital

A senior midwife on a maternity ward spent "two minutes" reviewing neonatal death notes before declaring the care adequate, a tribunal heard.

Lisa Granville "flicked her way" through notes finding "no problems", the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.

Three midwives at Princess Elizabeth Hospital face charges relating to the death of a baby.

The child, referred to as Baby A, was born on 30 January 2014.

The midwives, Lisa Granville, Tuija Roussel and Antonia Manousaki, were working on the Loveridge Ward at Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey.

A subsequent investigation revealed concerns about another child, referred to as Baby B, who died in September 2012.

Ms Granville reviewed both cases and wrongly concluded no further action was necessary, the tribunal was told.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council claims that had the death of Baby B been adequately investigated the death of Baby A "may have been prevented".

Image caption Three midwives at Princess Elizabeth Hospital face charges relating to the death of the unnamed baby

Ann Thompson, a manager on Loveridge Ward, said following the death of Baby A she "gathered together all the records of care" and was "immediately concerned with" Ms Roussel and Ms Manousaki.

Ms Thompson said Ms Granville took the notes and "after an extremely short period, two minutes, she flicked her way through them and said that it looks OK."

Ms Granville admits failing to identify inadequate midwifery care in relation to the administration of the drug Syntocinon and management of a trace on the heart-rate scan.

She also admits her investigation into the death of Baby A was inadequate, but denies all other charges.

Ms Manousaki admits administering Syntocinon without a written prescription but denies failing to challenge a culture of midwives acting outside the scope of their practice.

Ms Roussel admits administering Syntocinon without a written prescription and participating in inappropriate working practices.

The hearing continues.

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