East Kent Sands Charity

EAST KENT HOSPITALS BABY DEATHS

Many of you will have seen the reports (January 2020) about baby deaths at the East Kent NHS Foundation Trust.  It hasn’t been easy reading this news and Sands is here for anyone who feels they need support.

Our free Helpline is available on 0808 164 3332 or helpline@sands.org.uk from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 9.30pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

In addition, East Kent Sands volunteers run support meetings in Margate and Ashford and Margate as well as providing telephone and other support to anyone affected by the death of a baby. 

Sands’ Chief Executive Clea Harmer has spoken out today on the impact on families and urgent need for action.

Clea said: “It is dreadful to hear of failings in yet another NHS Trust leaving families devastated by the deaths of their babies. Put simply, these avoidable deaths should not be happening.

“The UK should be one of the safest places in the world in which to have a baby. Sadly, this is a stark reminder that we are currently a long way from that reality.

“Time and again we hear of parents’ concerns not being listened to or acted upon, or that national guidance is still not being followed. If this new Government is serious about meeting the national ambition to halve the rate of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths in England by 2025 they must ensure that all Trusts are supported to provide mothers and babies with the safest care possible.

“Maternity safety must continue be a top priority for the NHS with lessons learned and Trusts empowered to act upon them, so that we do not keep hearing about the same failings and most importantly, more babies’ lives are saved.”

Thank you for visiting our web site.  Whether you have lost a baby, or are a friend or family member, a midwife or other professional person, or someone that is just curious, we hope you will find it useful. 

We are a small group of volunteers (we have no paid staff) who are very busy indeed supporting bereaved families, working with Ashford and Margate hospitals, providing training and equipment, and raising awaress of the fact that every ninety minutes, somewhere in the UK a baby dies. 

We have links to the support available from our volunteers and from the national helpline, information on some of our activities, updates on events and fundraising/awareness raising activities, and links to many other organisations.  The web site is something which will we hope grow over time so please return to the site every now and then to see what has changed.  

And do let us have feedback, please, as we are keen to make the site as helpful and as friendly as we possibly can.

Thank you.

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