Ayrshire Maternity statement

Media statement in response to BBC Scotland story on Adverse Events Review

In response to a BBC news article on 15 March 2017 regarding the involvement in the Adverse Events Review of families whose babies died at Crosshouse Hospital, Claire Sweeney, Interim Director of Quality Assurance at Healthcare Improvement Scotland said:

"We are currently undertaking a review into adverse events taking place at Ayrshire Maternity Unit within University Hospital Crosshouse.

"The review is formally looking at the management of adverse events from December 2013 onwards. However, the review team had extended an open invitation to any members of the public who wanted to share their experiences of Ayrshire Maternity Unit. The team has met with a number of families, including some who had experiences at Crosshouse prior to December 2013. No families have been excluded from the review. We have spoken to all families who wanted to speak to us to share their experiences. Their important views have helped us understand the issues that need to be considered as we review the service and they will be included in the final report. This will make sure that the report and recommendations help to improve the care that people receive. We sympathise with the experiences of the families concerned and we have been very grateful to these families that they felt able to share these obviously painful experiences with us. We will publish our findings as soon as possible."

For media enquiries, call:
Stephen Ferguson, Communications Manager, on 07779 329 689


Published Date: 15 March 2017