• Mother reportedly transferred late in labour to Surrey hospital
  • Focus on better sharing of information between trust and prison

A hospital is changing some of its procedures after the stillbirth of a baby whose mother was transferred from a local prison during labour.

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust is now developing bespoke discharge communications and looking at how information can be shared across the separate information systems.

The move comes after serious incident reports into two cases where mothers-to-be were reportedly transferred late in labour. In one case, a full term baby was stillborn and in another a baby needed neonatal intensive care. Both cases involved HMP Bronzefield, a privately run women’s prison in Surrey.

The serious incidents led to the trust’s maternity services and the prison changing their processes to prevent a reoccurrence. A report to ASPH FT’s board said that “significant learning and process change were identified for both hospital and prison teams”.

The actions include:

  • ASPH maternity team helping educate prison staff on clinical scenarios which need transfer to hospital
  • Improved discharge arrangements
  • Maternity staff getting training on the prison’s information system and;
  • Changes in the prison’s policies around the transfer of pregnant women

A spokesman for HMP Bronzefield, which is run by Sodexo Justice Services, said: “We worked in partnership with Ashford and St Peter’s FT to investigate these incidents and provide an action plan to address the issues raised.”