Reading that a police probe is under way into the deaths of a number of babies at a hospital would come as a shock to any parent.
But when your two children were both born at said hospital, one of whom was cared for by the neonatal unit which is the subject of the investigation, the severity of the matter really hits home.
My son was also under the hospital’s neonatal care during the time period in which the 15deaths occurred.
For those who are unaware of the situation, this was the statement released by The Countess of Chester Hospital yesterday (May 18): “The Trust and its doctors have continuing concerns about the unexplained deaths and are very keen to understand that everything possible has been done to help determine the causes of death in our neonatal unit between June 2015 and June 2016.
“As a hospital we have taken the clinical review as far as we can.
“We have now asked for the input of Cheshire Police to seek assurances that enable us to rule out unnatural causes of death.”
Both my daughter and son spent time in the neonatal unit having been born five weeks early on both occasions.
My now four year old girl was in there for less than 24 hours whereas my 15-month old boy stayed in for a couple of days.
In the unit he was fed via a tube and also spent time under the blue lights due to jaundice.
Although the room we had was cramped as a result of us sharing it with another family – there was barely room to fit in a big dividing screen so my wife could pump her breast milk – the care he received was faultless.
The experienced lady who cared for my son treated not only him like one of her own but my wife too.
Her constant advice and help was much appreciated and we were made to feel that both his and our wellbeing was of the utmost importance to her.
That was our brief experience of the unit.
Thankfully we were able to bring our babies home – my heart goes out to those who didn’t.
Hopefully the police investigation will get to the bottom of these unexplained deaths.