Kettering General Hospital to urgently reform Children Services following 50 cases of serious injuries & death

12 January 2024

The children’s ward at the hospital has come under scrutiny for “grave failures”, which has prompted concerns about the safety of young patients.

Following a CQC inspection that encompassed critical areas, such as the paediatric assessment unit (PAU), Skylark ward, and the neonatal unit, the CQC has downgraded the hospital’s overall rating to inadequate. The downgrade sheds light on systemic issues within the hospital's children services.

A key case that has brought attention to the devastating effects of neglect at the hospital is that of Jorgie Stanton-Watts who died on Skylark Ward at in October 2016, following a series of failures to administer basic medical care. She was 23 months old and she sadly passed away as a result of dehydration and sepsis. The severity of Jorgie's case prompted investigations by both the coroner and the police.

At the inquest, Coroner Philip Barrow ruled that Jorgie died after a series of five fatal failures that amounted to neglect. The investigation highlighted a disturbing trend of ignored warning signs and an overall lack of care.

Shoosmiths Serious Injury are regularly instructed by parents to investigate claims, where children and babies have suffered serious injuries or, have tragically passed away as a result of medical negligence.

We are currently investigating a claim against Kettering General Hospital on behalf of a child, who had fallen and had landed on his left elbow. He was immediately taken to hospital and underwent an x-ray which confirmed there was no fracture, so he was placed in a cast. On review, the cast was removed but he was not progressing. Following delays, he underwent surgery. However, the hospital failed to identify that there was an elbow fracture when the claimant underwent the initial x-ray and the outcome has left him with a disability.

Medical Negligence specialist, Sarah Harper comments:

“When a child is injured or unwell, it is a parent’s worst nightmare to find that the medical professionals they have entrusted the care and wellbeing of their child to, has failed to live up to that trust. This is a welcome intervention to improve the care for our children.

The fact that the Coroner found that neglect contributed to the death of Jorgie, means that there were gross failures to provide “basic medical attention”. It is rare for neglect to be included in a Coroner’s findings, as most deaths considered by the Coroner are due to other reasons. The fact that Jorgie died as a result of a failure to provide “basic medical attention” to include making sure she was properly hydrated, is a matter of grave concern.”



This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given. © Shoosmiths LLP 2024

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