Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust has been ordered to pay £800,000 to the Andrews family after the death of baby Wynter in September 2019.
At Nottingham Magistrates’ Court this morning, District Judge Grace Leong ruled that the failures of the Trust “ultimately led to the death of baby Wynter” and “no ceiling” to the level of fine imposed.
This comes after the NUH NHS Trust pleaded guilty to failing to provide care and treatment in a safe way resulting in harm or loss in the prosecution hearing on Wednesday, January 25.
In addition to the fine, they must pay £13,668.75 in costs and a £181 victim surcharge.
District Judge Leong said: “You cannot ignore the negative impact that the fine will have on patients because of the pressures on the Trust.
Sarah Andrews, Wynter’s mother, spoke outside the court after the hearing, alongside her husband.
She said: “We hope the fine sends clear messages to the Trust’s managers to hold patients’ safety in the highest regard.
“This sentence isn’t just for Wynter but for all the other babies before and after her.”
The NUH NHS Trust accepts full responsibility for the inadequate treatment and care of Mrs Andrews and baby Wynter and have been granted two years to pay the fine.
NUH NHS Trust said in response: “We are truly sorry for the pain and grief that we caused Mr and Mrs Andrews due to the failings in maternity care we provided.
“These are serious failings that led to the worst possible outcome and we let them down at what should have been a joyous time in their lives.”