Report on tragic death of teen mum after she gave birth at St Richard's Hospital 'doesn't reflect what happened'

A report into the tragic death of a teenage mother after she gave birth at St Richard's Hospital 'did not reflect what happened' and was in places inaccurate, an inquest was told.

Thursday, 13th January 2022, 5:35 pm

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) was criticised by a consultant at the hospital for a report which she said did not 'reflect what happened' in the tragic case of 17-year-old Teegan Barnard who gave birth to a baby boy at the hospital in Chichester in September 2019.

The Havant teen suffered a 'major bleed' during her labour, was starved of oxygen and suffered a severe brain injury. She later died on October 7, 2019 at her home in Havant.

The inquest had previously heard that investigators from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) said it would have been ‘best practice’ to have offered the teenager an induced labour as well as other medical evidence relating to complications suffered.

Teegan with her mother

However speaking at Edes House today (Wednesday, January 12), consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Bronwyn Middleton told the inquest she did not entirely agree with all elements of the HSIB's report.

She said: "There are elements of the report where I am not sure if it reflects the opinions but it certainly doesn't reflect what happened."

Dr Middleton said the HSIB report had wrongly given Teegan's age as 16 rather than 17, and said it offered advice which were 'completely contrary' to national guidelines on inducement of labour.

"Some of our ICU consultants did respond to the report both with factual accuracy and with concerns," she said.

Local NHS guidelines suggest Teegan should have been offered an induced labour at 38 weeks, three weeks before she was due.

Dr Middleton said HSIB's recommendation inducement of labour prior to 39 weeks 'completely contrary to what the national guidelines are' and said the difference in advice could have 'negative implications on future maternity care'.

She said: "I think what we have to understand is that the impact for that recommendation for maternity services will have really significant consequences."

She added that she understands that HSIB do have specialists who they would have consulted.

Teegan's parents Abbie and Trevor are now bringing up her son Parker alongside his dad, Leon Forster.

The inquest has now been adjourned while the coroner, Dr Karen Henderson, collects expert evidence.

Rebecca Brown, the expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Teegan’s parents, said: “The last few days and listening to the evidence regarding the events that unfolded in the lead up to Teegan’s death have been incredibly distressing for her family."