Following significant pressure from both families and politicians, an independent review into the maternity services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is finally underway. This follows reports stating dozens of babies have died, and many more were seriously injured, as a result of the treatment they received at the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital, Nottingham.

As has been widely reported, in 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated Nottingham’s maternity services as inadequate, and after further review in early 2021, it was noted the rate of improvement was by no means fast enough to prevent further trauma from happening to others.

The main aim of this independent inquiry is to ensure improvements are being made rapidly. The scope of the inquiry has been published, stating cases all the way back to 2006 will be reviewed. All of the Trust’s data and analytics will be reviewed in order to assess patterns of incidents over time. As part of this, both past and present affected families will be interviewed, and women who have experienced loss as a result of the Trust’s failings will be heard to ensure insight is gathered to improve services. Finally, the scope of the inquiry will cover a review of the governance and oversight of the maternity services in order to ensure the safety and quality of the services going forward.

Due to the thorough nature of the review, it is thought the full findings will not be issued until the end of next year. However, there appears to be a greater determination than ever before to ensure any recommendations which are made are properly implemented.

Yesterday afternoon, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence at Freeths, Jane Williams, spoke to Rob Sissons of East Midlands Today about the work we are doing and the families we are helping with regard to these concerns. Jane said, “It is key that lessons are learnt from past failures. Families need reassurance that families in the future will not have the to go through the same trauma that they have suffered.” At Freeths, we know how important it is for families to make sure these changes are made for good.

If you or your loved ones have suffered as a result of the maternity services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, you are being urged to come forward by emailing the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group at so that your concerns can be addressed.

As clinical negligence lawyers we represent families and children who have suffered or have lost loved ones as a result of failures in medical care during labour and birth. These claims seek to ensure that any child who has suffered a preventable injury can access the services they require such as care, therapy, aids and equipment, and suitably adapted accommodation which may assist them during their lives. We can also help secure an apology from the Trust responsible and seek to ensure the same mistakes are not made again. 

If you or a loved one have similar concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free, confidential discussion.

Please phone/email Jane Williams on: 0845 272 5724 or email 

Alternatively, please contact:

Gemma Bedford: 0115 935 0367 /

Katy Barnett:   0845 271 6752 /

Adrian Denton: 0115 985 3335 /

Phillip McGough:   0845 050 3290 /