Supporting maternity patients

Who experienced 3rd and 4th degree tears at Pinderfields Hospital

  • Case investigation led by Christian Beadell

    Published: July 19, 2023 | Last Updated: August 24, 2023

Medical negligence solicitors investigating maternity care

Fletchers Solicitors have had sight of a recent internal review by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which confirms that an audit of their maternity services has taken place and identified that 52 women who had suffered either 3rd or 4th degree perineal tears during childbirth (between 2020 – 2022) did not receive appropriate aftercare. They had not been referred for postnatal urogynaecological and physiotherapy follow-up. This is contrary to national guidelines which states patients should be reviewed in the postnatal period to discuss injuries sustained during childbirth to minimize the impact.

How can Fletchers Solicitors help if there has been medical negligence?

For those women who suffer perineal trauma who have not been offered the appropriate aftercare and treatment it could have detrimental effect to their health. There is an expectation that you will be informed by the hospital of any treatment or referral needed. Perineal tears can be associated with significant complications if not managed appropriately and this could equate to medical negligence.

Why talk to us about making a medical negligence claim?

Taking legal action is not just about getting financial compensation for something which should not have happened but it is also a vital mechanism to ensure that these poor outcomes are prevented from happening to someone else.

Christian Beadell who heads up the team specialising in helping groups affected by medical negligence commented:

“We are very concerned to have been notified of the failure by Pinderfields Hospital to ensure adequate follow up and referral for those patients who have sustained 3rd and 4th degree tears following delivery. This is a significant birth injury and guidelines exists to ensure that patients receive prompt and appropriate follow up treatment to minimise the impact and prevent worsening. The Trust has identified that at least 15% of all patients who sustained tears between 2020 and 2022 did not have a referral and this is unacceptable. It is crucial that these patients are given swift follow up and that the reason for the oversight are identified. The trust must ensure that patients prior to 2020 are not affected and that the problem is now addressed to provide the necessary reassurance to all patients using the maternity service.”

Key allegations

52 women have suffered either 3rd or 4th degree perineal tears during childbirth

These women did not receive appropriate aftercare and were not been referred for a follow-up

This goes against national guidelines which states patients should be reviewed in the postnatal period

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Next Steps

If you are concerned about the maternity care you received at Pinderfields Hospital, contact our specialist medical negligence solicitors to discuss your experience. We can advise you on a no obligation basis, and guide you through the process should you have a valid claim.

Do you feel you could have been impacted?

We help people on a No Win, No Fee basis which means that there is no financial risk. If you have experienced issues following childbirth at Pinderfields Hospital call us for a chat. We provide a Free, No obligation assessment to see if we can help you.

Contact our specialist medical negligence solicitors to discuss your maternity care at Pinderfields Hospital  on 0330 008 0325

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  • Christian Beadell

    Head of Group Action

  • Francesca Paul

    Medical Negligence Solicitor

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