An NHS trust has been fined £800,000 after admitting failings in the care of a baby who died after 23 minutes.
Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) pleaded guilty over the care of Wynter Andrews, who died after being born in 2019 at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
The fine is the largest handed out to an NHS trust over maternity care.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard a “catalogue of failings” exposed Wynter and her mother Sarah to “a significant risk of harm”.
However, District Judge Grace Leong said she was “acutely aware” the fine would be paid for by funding that would usually be used for patient care.
Wynter died from hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy – a loss of oxygen flow to the brain – which could have been prevented had staff delivered her earlier.
An inquest into her death, held in 2020, heard Sarah Andrews, 33, had been admitted to hospital on 14 September, six days after initially suffering contractions.
Nottingham Coroner’s Court heard the maternity unit was “busy” when Mrs Andrews arrived, with information on her patient history not handed over properly to other staff at shift changes.
A doctor seeing her the following morning did not pick up on concerns raised by midwives about a possible infection or over a trace examination of Wynter, the inquest was told.
Wynter was delivered “in poor condition” at 14:05 on 15 September 2019, with the umbilical cord “wrapped tightly around her leg and neck”, and efforts to resuscitate her were abandoned 23 minutes later. She died in her parents’ arms.
The cause of death was given as a lack of oxygen to the brain, which was caused by a combination of “umbilical cord compression during labour” and infection.